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The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication

Kaius Tuori


The Roman emperor was the supreme legal authority of the Empire, acting as a supreme court, legislator, and administrator. This book explores how the emperor became a judge, beginning from Augustus, the first emperor. While earlier studies have attempted to explain this change either through legislation or behaviour, this book provides a novel analysis of the gradual expansion and elaboration of the emperor’s adjudication and jurisdiction. By analysing the process through historical narratives, it argues that the emergence of imperial adjudication was a discourse that involved not only the emp ... More

Keywords: Roman Empire, ancient history, emperor, Roman law, jurisdiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198744450
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744450.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kaius Tuori, author
Academy of Finland Research Fellow and University Lecturer, Network for European Studies, University of Helsinki