Law in the Crisis of Empire, 379-455 AD: The Theodosian Dynasty and Its Quaestors with a Palingenesia of Laws of the Dynasty

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Clarendon Press, 1998 - History - 320 pages
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This is a new book from an eminent and well-respected scholar. A work of reference; an essay in the analysis of style; a contribution to the prosopography of the late Roman quaestorship; a reflection on the fall of the western and the survival of the eastern Roman empire: the book combinesall four. Using his innovative and controversial method of analysis, already successfully employed in his highly-acclaimed Emperors and Lawyers (2nd edn 1994, OUP), the author examines the laws of a crucial period of the late Roman empire (379-455 AD), a time when the West collapsed while the East survived.Wherever possible, he assigns each law to the likely imperial quaestor who drafted it. This approach yields a novel type of list of office holder (Fasti), in which each quaestor is associated with the laws he drafted. The author shows why the eastern Theodosian Code (429-438 AD), intended torestore the legal and administrative unity of the Roman empire, came too late to save the West. The accompanying Palingenesia on an accompanying disk will enable scholars to read the texts chronologically and to judge the soundness of the arguments advanced. This book will be welcomed as a significant advance in our understanding of a fascinating period of late antiquity.

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Law in the Age of Crisis
The First Decade 3793881
Flavianus and the Later Years 3883951
Arcadius 3944081 and Eutropius Quaestor
Towards the Code 4084371
Understanding the Theodosian Code
Beyond the Code 4384501
Western t aws and quaestors 8 Valentinian II and Maximus 3833921
The Milan Period 3954021
The Ravenna Period 4024231
Valentinian III and Galla Placidia 425437
The Later Years 4384551
List of Imperial Quaestors of the Theodosian Age
List of Legal Texts Cited with References to Palingenesia
Bihliography of Works Cited

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About the author (1998)

Tony Honore was Regius Professor of Civil Law, University of Oxford, 1971-88; Fellow, 1971-89, Acting Warden, 1987-89, All Souls College, Oxford.Former Delegate of the Press, eminent and well-respected author.

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