By Serena Connolly
During this exploration of the management of legislations and its function within the lives of standard humans within the northern provinces of the Roman Empire, Serena Connolly attracts upon a wealthy yet little-known criminal assortment from the past due third century referred to as the Codex Hermogenianus. The codex consists of imperial responses to petitions despatched to Rome, written by means of a crew of the emperor's criminal specialists. those petitions and responses offer a wealth of data approximately provincial felony management and the lives of the non-elite petitioners. the guy who prostituted his spouse, the mummy whose malicious son undersold her farm, and the slaves who posed as unfastened males to get a personal loan are only a number of the lives to come across. Lives at the back of the legislation makes a important contribution to Roman social, political, and criminal background.