Valentinian III: The Later Years (438–455)

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:
Valentinian III: The Later Years (438–455)

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This chapter discusses the laws made during the later part of the reign of Valentinian III, which made him appear as opinionated and volatile. Out of all the laws that were enacted during this period, only forty-seven of these survive today. The laws were enacted during the last few years of his reign and when the governing class in the West knew that the destabilizing effects of Alaric's incursions fifty years before had not been overcome. However, they did not suspect that the Western empire was on the point of collapse.

Keywords: laws; reign; Valentinian III; governing class; Alaric; destabilizing effects; Western empire

Chapter.  8994 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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