The Impact of Justice on the Roman Empire

Proceedings of the Thirteenth Workshop of the International Network Impact of Empire (Gent, June 21-24, 2017)


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The Impact of Justice on the Roman Empire discusses ways in which notions, practice and the ideology of justice impacted on the functioning of the Roman Empire. The papers assembled in this volume follow from the thirteenth workshop of the international network Impact of Empire. They focus on what was considered just in various groups of Roman subjects, how these views were legitimated, shifted over time, and how they affected policy making and political, administrative, and judicial practices. Linking all of the papers are three common themes: the emperor and justice, justice in a dispersed empire and differentiation of justice.
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Olivier Hekster, Radboud University, is professor of Ancient History and chairs the international network Impact of Empire. He has published widely on Roman history, focusing on imperial ideology and Roman emperorship.
Koenraad Verboven, University of Ghent, is professor of Ancient History. He specializes in ancient social and economic history, particularly of the Roman world, and has a special interest in monetary history and numismatics, friendship and patronage based networks, guilds (collegia), (neo-)institutional analysis and complexity economics.

Contributors are: Olivier Hekster & Koenraad Verboven, Stephane Benoist & Anne Gangloff, Elsemieke Daalder, Francesco Bono, Matthijs Wibier, Juan, Manuel Cortés-Copete, Frédéric Hurlet, Clifford Ando, Peter Herz, Elena Köstner, Pilar Pavón Torrejón, Margherita Carucci.
''This volume and the others in its series offer readers a bird’s-eye view of a complicated field, highlighting promising new voices and introducing giants in the field to readers who may be experiencing their work for the first time.'' Zachary Herz, in The Classical Review 70.2 (2020)
Notes on Contributors
1 IntroductionKoenraad Verboven and Olivier Hekster

Part 1 The Emperor and Justice

2 Culture politique imperiale et pratique de la justice: Regards croises sur la figure du prince “injuste”Stephane Benoist et Anne Gangloff
3 The Decreta and Imperiales Sententiae of Julius Paulus: Law and Justice in the Judicial Decisions of Septimius SeverusElsemieke Daalder
4 The Value of the Stability of the Law: A Perspective on the Role of the Emperor in Political CrisesFrancesco Bono
5 Legal Education, Realpolitik, and the Propagation of the Emperor’s JusticeMatthijs Wibier

Part 2 Justice in a Dispersed Empire

6 Koinoi Nomoi: Hadrian and the Harmonization of Local LawsJuan Manuel Cortés-Copete
7 Justice, Res Publica and Empire: Subsidiarity and Hierarchy in the Roman EmpireFrédéric Hurlet
8 Substantive Justice in Provincial and Roman Legal ArgumentClifford Ando
9 Zwischen Theorie und Wirklichkeit: Römische Sicherheitsgesetze und ihre RealisierungPeter Herz

Part 3 Justice for All?

10 Geschlechterrollen im römischen Erbrecht im Spiegel des zeitgenössischen Gerechtigkeitsverständnisses und am Beispiel der lex VoconiaElena Köstner
11 La femme : objet et sujet de la justice romainePilar Pavón Torrejón
12 The Spectacle of Justice in the Roman EmpireMargherita Carucci
All interested in Roman history and law, and anyone concerned with the relation between law, justice and Empire. For the benefit of non-specialists all ancient sources are translated.
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