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Law and justice in the later Roman Empire

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Chapter XIV of the Later Roman Empire is divided into seven sub-sections, beginning with a short explication of the sources of late Roman law. The chapter then moves on to a complex structural analysis of judicial practice, focused especially on the relationship between the various courts of the late empire and the officials engaged in administering their business. The primary sources for A.H.M. Jones? Chapter XIV on ?Justice? reached far beyond those used by either Jolowicz or Bethmann-Hollweg. With regard to the editions of the legal sources that Jones consulted, he cites the standard texts: the 1905 Berlin edition of the Codex Theodosianus by Theodor Mommsen and Paul Krüger?s 1877 Berlin edition of the Codex Justinianus. This chapter suggests that Jones? interest in legal practice and justice has prepared the way for a new emphasis on the activity of ?doing law? in the late Empire.

Keywords: A.H.M. Jones; Codex Justinianus; Codex Theodosianus; late Roman justice; late Roman legal practice; Later Roman Empire



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