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A View from Rome: Law in the <i>Historia Augusta</i><sup>1</sup>

Tony Honoré

in Law in the Crisis of Empire 379-455 AD

Published in print May 1998 | ISBN: 9780198260783
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682155 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260783.003.0009
A View from Rome: Law in the Historia Augusta1

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This chapter discusses law in the West and views this through the eyes of an author writing on the eve of the Gothic invasions without any consciousness of imminent disaster. This author is the anonymous author of Historia Augusta, the imperial biographies that were composed during the late fourth century. An explanation is included in the chapter of how this work reflects, or even fails to reflect, contemporary legislation, and how the author embellished the careers of classical Roman lawyers.

Keywords: Gothic invasions; Historia Augusta; imperial biographies; late fourth century; contemporary legislation; classical Roman lawyers

Chapter.  11654 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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