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Orthodoxy and the Courts in Late Antiquity$
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Caroline Humfress

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208419

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208419.001.0001

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Forensic Expertise and the Development of Early ‘Canon Law’

Forensic Expertise and the Development of Early ‘Canon Law’

(p.196) 7 Forensic Expertise and the Development of Early ‘Canon Law’
Orthodoxy and the Courts in Late Antiquity

Caroline Humfress (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the fact that some key late Roman ecclesiastics were trained as forensic practitioners is crucial to explaining how it was that early ‘canon law’ was elaborated using specific techniques and procedures ‘borrowed’ from Roman law. The various foundational strands of early Judaeo-Christian ‘internal’ ideas and practices, forensic practice and church councils, and forensic practice and the papal elaboration of ‘ecclesiastical’ law are discussed.

Keywords:   Roman ecclesiastics, Roman law, forensic practice, church councils, papal elaboration, ecclesiastical law

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