Law Society and Authority in Late Antiquity

These sixteen studies consider the interrelationship between social change and the development of new kinds of law and authority during Late Antiquity (260-640 AD).

Author: Ralph W. Mathisen

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199240329

Category: Literary Criticism

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These sixteen studies consider the interrelationship between social change and the development of new kinds of law and authority during Late Antiquity (260-640 AD). They provide new ways of looking at both the law and the society of this period, in the context of the kinds of impacts that each had on the other against the backdrop of the manifestations of new kinds of authority.

Law Society and Authority in Late Antiquity

The sixteen papers in this volume investigate the links between law and society during Late Antiquity (260-640 CE).

Author: Ralph W. Mathisen

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191553783

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 340

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The sixteen papers in this volume investigate the links between law and society during Late Antiquity (260-640 CE). On the one hand, they consider how social changes such as the barbarian settlement and the rise of the Christian church resulted in the creation of new sources of legal authority, such as local and 'vulgar' law, barbarian law codes, and canon law. On the other, they investigate the interrelationship between legal innovations and social change, for the very process of creating new law and new authority either resulted from or caused changes in the society in which it occurred. The studies in this volume discuss interactions between legal theory and practice, the Greek east and the Roman west, secular and ecclesiastical, Roman and barbarian, male and female, and Christian and non-Christian (including pagans, Jews, and Zoroastrians).

Crisis Management in Late Antiquity 410 590 CE

Here Augustine asks advice from the lawyer Eustochius to help him in adjudicating cases in the audientia episcopalis. In particular it is a question of ... R.W. Mathisen, Law, Society and Authority in Late Antiquity (Oxford, 2001), pp.

Author: Pauline Allen

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004254824

Category: Religion

Page: 300

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Pauline Allen and Bronwen Neil investigate crisis management as conducted by the increasingly important episcopal class in the 5th and 6th centuries. Their basic source is the neglected corpus of bishops’ letters in Greek and Latin, the letter being the most significant mode of communication and information-transfer in the period from 410 to 590 CE

Violence in Late Antiquity

Law, Society and Authority in Late Antiquity (Oxford, 2001), 144. 27 Further examples of this assimilation in Roberts, Poetry and the Cult, 65. 28 R.Sorabji, Animal Minds and Human Morals (Ithaca, 1993); G. Clark, ...

Author: H.A. Drake

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351875745

Category: History

Page: 424

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'Violence' is virtually synonymous in the popular imagination with the period of the Later Roman Empire-a time when waves of barbarian invaders combined with urban mobs and religious zealots to bring an end to centuries of peace and serenity. All of these images come together in the Visigothic sack of the city of Rome in A.D. 410, a date commonly used for the fall of the entire empire. But was this period in fact as violent as it has been portrayed? A new generation of scholars in the field of Late Antiquity has called into question the standard narrative, pointing to evidence of cultural continuity and peaceful interaction between "barbarians" and Romans, Christians and pagans. To assess the state of this question, the fifth biennial 'Shifting Frontiers' conference was devoted to the theme of 'Violence in Late Antiquity'. Conferees addressed aspects of this question from standpoints as diverse as archaeology and rhetoric, anthropology and economics. A selection of the papers then delivered have been prepared for the present volume, along with others commissioned for the purpose and a concluding essay by Martin Zimmerman, reflecting on the theme of the book. The four sections on Defining Violence, 'Legitimate' Violence, Violence and Rhetoric, and Religious Violence are each introduced by a theme essay from a leading scholar in the field. While offering no definitive answer to the question of violence in Late Antiquity, the papers in this volume aim to stimulate a fresh look at this age-old problem.

Social and Political Life in Late Antiquity Volume 3 1

after the Barbarian settlements”, in Law, Society, and Authority in Late Antiquity, ed. R. W. Mathisen (Oxford 2001) 33–51; Harries J. (2000) “Legal culture and identity in the fifth century West”, in Ethnicity and Culture in Late ...

Author: William Bowden

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789047407607

Category: History


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This collection of papers, arising from the conference series Late Antique Archaeology, examines the social and political structures of the late antique period and the ways in which they are manifested in the archaeological and textual record.

The Role of the Bishop in Late Antiquity

Harries, J. (1999) Law and Empire in Late Antiquity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). — (2001) 'Resolving Disputes: The Frontiers of Law in Late Antiquity', in R. W. Mathisen (ed.), Law, Society and Authority in Late Antiquity ...

Author: Andrew Fear

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781780932170

Category: History

Page: 270

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The role of the bishops in Late Antiquity is examined and analysed by an important and international cast of contributors.

Law and Society in the Age of Theoderic the Great

Law, Society and Authority in Late Antiquity, (Oxford, 2007), 68–82; Noel Lenski, “Evidence for the Audientia episcopalis in the New Letters of Augustine,” in Ralph. W. Mathisen (ed.), Law, Society, and Authority in Late Antiquity, ...

Author: Sean D. W. Lafferty

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107028340

Category: History

Page: 332

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Provides new insights into Rome's collapse, challenging long-held assumptions that Theoderic's reign was a golden age for Italy.

Society and Culture in Late Antique Gaul

The question, then, of whether Euric's Law was expected to be observed by Goths only or by Romans and Goths is largely immaterial. ... Mathisen, R. ed., Law, Society, and Authority during Late Antiquity 50 JILL HARRIES.

Author: Ralph Mathisen

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781351899215



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Late Roman Gaul is often seen either from a classical Roman perspective as an imperial province in decay and under constant threat from barbarian invasion or settlement, or from the medieval one, as the cradle of modern France and Germany. Standard texts and "moments" have emerged and been canonized in the scholarship on the period, be it Gaul aflame in 407 or the much-disputed baptism of Clovis in 496/508. This volume avoids such stereotypes. It brings together state-of-the-art work in archaeology, literary, social, and religious history, philology, philosophy, epigraphy, and numismatics not only to examine under-used and new sources for the period, but also critically to reexamine a few of the old standards. This will provide a fresh view of various more unusual aspects of late Roman Gaul, and also, it is hoped, serve as a model for ways of interpreting the late Roman sources for other areas, times, and contexts.

The Mediterranean Diaspora in Late Antiquity

JSJ 38, nos. 4–5:457–512. Matassa, L. (2007). “Unravelling the Myth of a Synagogue on Delos.” Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society 25: 81–115. Mathiesen, R., ed. (2001). Law, Society and Authority in Late Antiquity.

Author: Ross Shepard Kraemer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190062958

Category: Religion

Page: 416

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The Mediterranean Diaspora in Late Antiquity examines the fate of Jews living in the Mediterranean Jewish diaspora after the Roman emperor Constantine threw his patronage to the emerging orthodox (Nicene) Christian churches. By the fifth century, much of the rich material evidence for Greek and Latin-speaking Jews in the diaspora diminishes sharply. Ross Shepard Kraemer argues that this increasing absence of evidence is evidence of increasing absence of Jews themselves. Literary sources, late antique Roman laws, and archaeological remains illuminate how Christian bishops and emperors used a variety of tactics to coerce Jews into conversion: violence, threats of violence, deprivation of various legal rights, exclusion from imperial employment, and others. Unlike other non-orthodox Christians, Jews who resisted conversion were reluctantly tolerated, perhaps because of beliefs that Christ's return required their conversion. In response to these pressures, Jews leveraged political and social networks for legal protection, retaliated with their own acts of violence, and sometimes became Christians. Some may have emigrated to regions where imperial laws were more laxly enforced, or which were under control of non-orthodox (Arian) Christians. Increasingly, they embraced forms of Jewish practice that constructed tighter social boundaries around them. The Mediterranean Diaspora in Late Antiquity concludes that by the beginning of the seventh century, the orthodox Christianization of the Roman Empire had cost diaspora Jews--and all non-orthodox persons, including Christians--dearly.

The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity

In Law, Society, and Authority in Late Antiquity, ed. R. Mathisen, 256–271. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Sommier, B. 1996. “Les amitiés dans un village d'Andalousie orientale: Morale, identités et evolution sociale,” Ethnologie ...

Author: Scott Johnson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190277536

Category: Byzantine Empire

Page: 1296

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The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity offers an innovative overview of a period (c. 300-700 CE) that has become increasingly central to scholarly debates over the history of western and Middle Eastern civilizations. This volume covers such pivotal events as the fall of Rome, the rise of Christianity, the origins of Islam, and the early formation of Byzantium and the European Middle Ages. These events are set in the context of widespread literary, artistic, cultural, and religious change during the period. The geographical scope of this Handbook is unparalleled among comparable surveys of Late Antiquity; Arabia, Egypt, Central Asia, and the Balkans all receive dedicated treatments, while the scope extends to the western kingdoms, and North Africa in the West. Furthermore, from economic theory and slavery to Greek and Latin poetry, Syriac and Coptic literature, sites of religious devotion, and many others, this Handbook covers a wide range of topics that will appeal to scholars from a diverse array of disciplines. The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity engages the perennially valuable questions about the end of the ancient world and the beginning of the medieval, while providing a much-needed touchstone for the study of Late Antiquity itself.