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Orthodoxy and the Courts in Late Antiquity

Caroline Humfress


This book approaches the subject of late Roman law from the perspective of legal practice revealed in courtroom processes, as well as more ‘informal’ types of dispute settlement. From at least the early 4th century, leading bishops, ecclesiastics, and Christian polemicists participated in a vibrant culture of forensic argument with far-reaching effects on theological debate, the development of ecclesiastical authority, and the elaboration of early ‘Canon law’. One of the most innovative aspects of late Roman law was the creation and application of new legal categories used in the prosecution o ... More

Keywords: late Roman law, dispute settlement, ecclesiastical authority, Canon law, heretics, Christian orthodoxy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780198208419
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208419.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caroline Humfress, author
Lecturer in Late Antiquity and Early Medieval History, Birkbeck College, University of London
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