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This book explores the evolution of Roman law and society in Italy from 493, with the proclamation of the Ostrogoth Theoderic the Great as king, until about 554, when the eastern Emperor Justinian was able to re-establish imperial authority in the region. Drawing upon evidence from a variety of legal and historical sources, it investigates how Theoderic and his successors attempted to govern the peninsula in the wake of foreign invasions, the collapse of civic administration, the break-up of the Mediterranean economy, and the emergence of new forms of religious and secular authority. It challenges long-held assumptions as to just how peaceful, prosperous and Roman-like Theoderic's Italy really was. Its primary focus is the Edictum Theoderici, a significant but largely overlooked document that offers valuable historical insights into the complex and sometimes contested social, political and religious changes that marked Italy's passage from Antiquity into the Middle Ages.Read more
- Proposes a new history of Italy during the reign of Theoderic the Great
- Gives new insights into the social, political and economic changes associated with Italy's transition from Roman province to barbarian kingdom
- Explores one of the most debated documents of the early medieval era
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"… the book succeeds admirably in using the Edictum to describe and analyse its world. The volume should achieve a wide and grateful readership among early medievalists and among legal historians."
John Hudson, Early Medieval Europe
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- Date Published: September 2013
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107028340
- length: 340 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 160 x 24 mm
- weight: 0.64kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The historical context
2. The legal context
3. Law and order
4. Society and the family
5. The economy
Appendix: Edict of King Theoderic.
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