Lives behind the Laws

The World of the Codex Hermogenianus

by Serena Connolly

Published by: Indiana University Press

296 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 1 map

  • Paperback
  • 9780253221476
  • Published: February 2010

$24.95

  • eBook
  • 9780253004123
  • Published: February 2010

$9.99

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.