Law and Family in Late Antiquity: The Emperor Constantine's Marriage Legislation

Law and Family in Late Antiquity: The Emperor Constantine's Marriage Legislation

by Judith Evans Grubbs
ISBN-10:
0198208227
ISBN-13:
9780198208228
Pub. Date:
03/28/2000
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA

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Law and Family in Late Antiquity: The Emperor Constantine's Marriage Legislation

This is a new and thought-provoking look at law and marriage in late antiquity, dealing particularly with the legislation on marriage enacted by the Roman emperor Constantine. Though Constantine is usually accepted as being the first Christian emperor, Judith Grubbs argues here that the extent of Christian influence on his marriage legislation was limited. Her study of his laws against the background of both classical Roman law and early Christian attitudes toward marriage reveals much about contemporary behavior and belief in this period.

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ISBN-13: 9780198208228
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 03/28/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Social and Legal Background
'Pagan' and 'Christian' Marriage
The Repeal of the Augustan Penalites on Celibacy
Making the Marriage Bond: Betrothal, Abduction, and Seduction
Breaking the Bond: Adultery and Divorce
Sex and Status: Legislation on 'Mixed Status' Unions
Perspectives on Constantine's Legislation
Appendix I: Constantine's Legislation on Marriage and the Family
Appendix II: The Legislation of 326

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