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Document Details :
Title: Between Emperor, Court and Senatorial Order
Subtitle: the Codification of the Codex Theodosianus
Author(s): SCHLINKERT, Dirk
Journal: Ancient Society
Volume: 32 Date: 2002
Legal affairs seem to have been suffering a fundamental crisis due to the vast number of confused or even contradictory laws. What was the solution? In the final chapter of De rebus bellicus, the author, for his part called for decisive state intervention: the 'most sacred Emperor', as he addresses him, should attempt to solve the legum vel iuris confusio by means of an august and solemn decision. The author of the memorandum calls for the legal order to be founded anew on a firmly institutionalized base, consisting of a canon of normative texts authorized and legitimized by the Emperor. The Anonymus hereby develops a concept which led to the code being the one and only legitimate representative of the normative canon.