Laying Down the Law


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Author  John F. Matthews
Publisher  Yale University Press
Publication Date   December 31, 2000
ISBN  0300079001
Pages  314

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A comprehensive guide to the Theodosian Code which provides an invaluable source for the legal, social, religious and cultural history of the late Roman Empire. Written between 429 and 437 AD, the Code was a compilation of 3500 texts, of which more than 2700 survive, which published Roman imperial legislation from the reign of Constantine the great to Theodosius II. Matthews initially examines the political context for the Code and the events surrounding its actual composition before considering the contents of the Code, the Sirmondian Constitutions, the nature of the late Roman constitution and detailed editorial issues.

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