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Lives behind the Laws : The World of the Codex Hermogenianus, Paperback / softback Book

Lives behind the Laws : The World of the Codex Hermogenianus Paperback / softback


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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780253221476



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