Orthodoxy and the Courts in Late Antiquity by Caroline HumfressOrthodoxy and the Courts in Late Antiquity by Caroline Humfress

Orthodoxy and the Courts in Late Antiquity

byCaroline Humfress

Hardcover | January 11, 2007

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This book approaches the subject of late Roman law from the perspective of legal practice revealed in courtroom processes, as well as more 'informal' types of dispute settlement. From at least the early fourth century, leading bishops, ecclesiastics, and Christian polemicists participated in avibrant culture of forensic argument, with far-reaching effects on theological debate, the development of ecclesiastical authority, and the elaboration of early 'Canon law'. One of the most innovative aspects of late Roman law was the creation and application of new legal categories used in theprosecution of 'heretics'. Leading Christian polemicists not only used techniques of argument learnt in the late Roman rhetorical schools to help position the Church within the structure of Empire, they also used those techniques in cases involving accusations against 'heretics'- thus defining anddeveloping the concept of Christian orthodoxy itself.
Caroline Humfress is a Reader in Late Antique and Early Medieval History, Birkbeck College, University of London.
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Title:Orthodoxy and the Courts in Late AntiquityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:340 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.04 inPublished:January 11, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198208413

ISBN - 13:9780198208419

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I Forensic practitioners and the development of late Roman law1. Introduction and background2. Litigation and late Roman judges3. Legal experts and the late Roman courts4. Late Roman advocatesPart II Forensic practitioners in the service of the Late Antique church5. Introduction and background6. Ecclesiastics as forensic practitioners7. Forensic expertise and the development of early Canon lawPart III Orthodoxy, Heresy and the Courts.8. Defining heresy and orthodoxy9. Heresy and the courts10. Conclusion