Lives Behind the Laws: The World of the Codex Hermogenianus

Lives Behind the Laws: The World of the Codex Hermogenianus

By: Serena Connolly (author)Paperback

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In this exploration of the administration of law and its role in the lives of ordinary people in the northern provinces of the Roman Empire, Serena Connolly draws upon a rich but little-known legal collection from the late 3rd century known as the Codex Hermogenianus. The codex is composed of imperial responses to petitions sent to Rome, written by a team of the emperor's legal experts. These petitions and responses provide a wealth of information about provincial legal administration and the lives of the non-elite petitioners. The man who prostituted his wife, the mother whose malicious son undersold her farm, and the slaves who posed as free men to get a loan are just a few of the lives to encounter. Lives behind the Laws makes a valuable contribution to Roman social, political, and legal history.

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Serena Connolly is Assistant Professor of Classics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick.


Abbreviations Preface Introduction 1. Seeking Justice in the Roman World Petitioning in the Roman World 2. The Rescript System The Codex Hermogenianus The Rescript System in Motion The Work of the scrinium libellorum 3. The Rescript System in Context Petitioners Places 4. Using the System "With the Law" "Before the Law" "Against the Law" 5. The Emperor and his Petitioners Petitioners in Need: The New Understanding of Poverty The Roles of the Emperor Limits on the Emperor The Nexus of Power: Emperor, Officials, Petitioners Conclusion Appendix 1 Appendix 2 Map Notes Bibliography Index

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  • publication date: 05/02/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780253221476
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9780253221476
  • weight: 440
  • ISBN10: 0253221471

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