Law and Family in Late Antiquity
The Emperor Constantine's Marriage Legislation
By (author) Judith Evans Grubbs
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Law and Family in Late Antiquity by Judith Evans Grubbs
Book DescriptionThis is a new and thought-provoking study of marriage and the law in late antiquity, dealing particularly with the legislation on marriage enacted by the Roman emperor Constantine (AD 307-337). As the first emperor to accept Christianity, Constantine is often credited with having introduced Christian ideals and practices into Roman law, but in this book the author argues that the extent of Christian influence on Constantine's marriage legislation was limited. Rather, in many cases, it merely granted legal recognition to practices that had long been followed by many people in the Roman Empire. Whilst Constantine did not always endorse such practices, and in some cases even tried to repress them, a careful examination of his laws against the dual background of classical Roman law and early Christian attitudes towards marriage reveals much about contemporary behaviour and belief in late antiquity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198208228
(216mm x 138mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 6-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Judith Evans Grubbs
Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World, Hardback (January 2014)
The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World is a comprehensive and forward-thinking study of an expanding subfield in classical studies
Women and the Law in the Roman Empire, Paperback (June 2002)» View all books by Judith Evans Grubbs
This sourcebook fully exploits the rich legal material of the imperial period, explaining the rights women held under Roman law, the restrictions to which they were subject, and legal regulations on marriage, divorce and widowhood.
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