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Law in practice

Humfress, Caroline (2009) Law in practice. In: Rousseau, P. (ed.) Companion to Late Antiquity. Hoboken, U.S.: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 377-391. ISBN 9781405119801.

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Book synopsis: The essays collected in this authoritative Companion capture the vitality and diversity of scholarship that exists on the transformative time period known as late antiquity. For the last generation, late antiquity - the time between the accession of Diocletian in AD 284 and the end of Roman rule in the Mediterranean - has come to be regarded as one of the most dynamic periods of ancient history. Once seen as a time of decline and fall, late antiquity is now viewed as an era of powerful transformation, in which the peoples and institutions that profoundly influenced the modern world took shape. In providing a useful overview of current scholarship on late antiquity, the essays emphasize the central importance of religion in this period. Theology and belief are situated in historical context as the book highlights the interconnectedness of religious life with economic, social, and political realms.

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Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Empire, kingdom, and beyond, Later Roman Empire, emperors and the Law in Late Antiquity, Roman emperors tightening their autocratic grip on substantive legal principles, law in practice and late Roman law-making, Consuetudo (customary law) - as source of law in late antique disputes and legal arrangements, Late antique defixiones (curse tablets) - social practices concerned with seeking justice, Late Roman emperors - exclusive authority to make law
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
Depositing User: Caroline Humfress
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2012 07:48
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33

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