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Law in the Crisis of Empire 379-455 AD

Tony Honoré

Published in print May 1998 | ISBN: 9780198260783
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682155 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260783.001.0001
Law in the Crisis of Empire 379-455 AD

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This book is a work of reference, which also features an essay on the analysis of style, a contribution to the prosopography of the late Roman quaestorship and a reflection on the fall of the Western and the survival of the Eastern Roman Empire. 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, the author assigns each law to the likely imperial quaestor who drafted it. This approach yields a list of office holders (Fasti), in which each quaestor is associated with the laws he drafted. The author shows why the Eastern Theodosian Code (429–438 AD), intended to restore the legal and administrative unity of the Roman Empire, came too late to save the West. The Palingenesia on an accompanying disk will enable scholars to read the texts chronologically and to judge the soundness of the arguments advanced.

Keywords: Roman Empire; prosopography; late Roman quaestorship; Western Roman Empire; Eastern Roman empire; Fasti; Theodosian Code; Palingenesia

Book.  336 pages. 

Subjects: History of Law

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Theodosius I: The First Decade (379–388) in Law in the Crisis of Empire 379-455 AD

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Theodosius I: Flavianus and the Later Years (388–395) in Law in the Crisis of Empire 379-455 AD

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Arcadius (394–408) and Eutropius’ Quaestor in Law in the Crisis of Empire 379-455 AD

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Theodosius II: Towards the Code (408–437)<sup>1</sup> in Law in the Crisis of Empire 379-455 AD

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Understanding the Theodosian Code in Law in the Crisis of Empire 379-455 AD

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Theodosius II: Beyond the Code (438–450) in Law in the Crisis of Empire 379-455 AD

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Valentinian II and Maximus (383–392) in Law in the Crisis of Empire 379-455 AD

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Honorius: The Milan Period (395–402) in Law in the Crisis of Empire 379-455 AD

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