In this exploration of the administration of law and its role in the lives of ordinary people in the northern provinces of the Roman Empire, Serena Connolly draws upon a rich but little-known legal collection from the late 3rd century known as the Codex Hermogenianus. The codex is composed of imperial responses to petitions sent to Rome, written by a team of the emperor’s legal experts. These petitions and responses provide a wealth of information about provincial legal administration and the lives of the non-elite petitioners. The man who prostituted his wife, the mother whose malicious son undersold her farm, and the slaves who posed as free men to get a loan are just a few of the lives to encounter. Lives behind the Laws makes a valuable contribution to Roman social, political, and legal history.
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Serena Connolly is Assistant Professor of Classics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick.Review:
A very interesting contribution to our picture of the imperial system of petition and response. . . . Connolly gives us . . . a synoptic view of what was arguably the most important role of the Roman emperor during the Early Empire. (Michael Peachin New York University)
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Book Description Indiana University Press, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0253354013
Book Description Indiana University Press, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0253354013