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The publication of law in the era of the tetrarchs: Diocletian, Galerius, Gregorius, Hermogenian

Corcoran, S; (2004) The publication of law in the era of the tetrarchs: Diocletian, Galerius, Gregorius, Hermogenian. In: Demandt, A and Goltz, A and Schlange-Schöningen, H, (eds.) Diokletian und die Tetrarchie: Aspekte einer Zeitenwende. (56 - 73). Walter de Gruyter: Berlin and New York.

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Abstract

This paper attempts to assess the role of Diocletian in the publication of legal material during his reign. Consideration is first given to the Gregorian and Hermogenian Codes, both produced in the 290s. Their composition and publication is examined, especially the question of what material constituted the opening titles or passages of these works. The extent to which Diocletian was involved in their genesis and then wider publication is assessed, although the main driving force was probably the jurists. The second issue is the promulgation of edicts, especially their permanent inscription on stone. Here the wide-spread inscription of the Prices Edict in 301 is compared to a set of post-Diocletian inscriptions relating to the Caesariani and informers. It is argued that this set of inscriptions forms part of a connected dossier of texts promulgated together in the summer of 305 by Galerius. It is further suggested that the phenomenon of multiple copies of inscriptions is a mark of the governmental style of Galerius, which may therefore be reflected also in the Prices Edict. This strengthens the view that Galerius became more dominant within the Tetrarchy after his Persian victory of 298. Thus it can be argued that Diocletian’s choice of subordinates (Hermogenian, Galerius) is as important as his own direct initiatives.

Type:Book chapter
Title:The publication of law in the era of the tetrarchs: Diocletian, Galerius, Gregorius, Hermogenian
ISBN:3110182300
ISBN-13:9783110182309
Publisher version:http://www.degruyter.com/cont/fb/at/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110182309-1
Additional information:This volume represents the proceedings of the International Diocletian Symposium held at Split, April 2003.
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > History

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