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090037 VO Law and Society in Late Antiquity, Byzantium and the Western Middle Ages (2021W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 9 - Altertumswissenschaften


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Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Update 20.11.2021: Die Vorlesung wird für die Dauer des Lockdowns in digitaler Form abgehalten.

Tuesday 12.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 31 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 19.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 31 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 02.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 31 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 09.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 31 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 16.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 31 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 9
Tuesday 23.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 30.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 07.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 14.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 11.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 18.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 25.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Law (how it is issued, how it is administered, and how it operates in practice) plays an important role in the historical research about past societies. This lecture series (Ring-Vorlesung) deals with these developments in late antiquity and in the Latin and Byzantine Middle Ages. Particular attention will be paid to the role of the law-giver and the significance of legal codifications and their subsequent transmission, beginning with the Theodosian Code. The Corpus Iuris Civilis of Emperor Justinian (6th cent.) is, after all, the foundation of 'Roman Law' until the present day. Additional emphasis will be placed on the relation between secular law and ecclesiastical law in the christian Middle Ages. We will scrutinise to what degree legal texts can offer insights into societies of the past and their structures. Since this course is offered as a 'Ring-Vorlesung', the fact that different lecturers will offer different segments also means that you learn about cutting-edge research.
Implicitly, you will gain an overview over the history of late antique and medieval societies in East and West, and an introduction to the sociology of law.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written examination (take-home format) (100%). You may consult all materials, and are encouraged to do your own reading. All examinations may be checked for plagiarism, which may have severe consequences for the student.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Basic knowledge of the content of the lectures.

Examination topics

Content of the lectures and recommended readings.

Reading list

Relevant readings will be communicated in the course of the semester.

Association in the course directory

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