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In keeping with a radical exam of the epigraphic, felony, and literary assets at the collegia centonariorum, this quantity bargains a brand new realizing in their origins, services, enterprises, and social and felony prestige within the Roman Empire from the 1st century BC to fourth century advert.

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93 introduction 27 If the legal texts themselves are fraught with interpretive challenges, the effect of law in the Roman Empire is even more difficult to gauge, a point that has already been mentioned earlier. 96 This was perhaps only part of the story. The role of informers (delatores) in law enforcement, for example, should not be underestimated. As far as law in the Late Antiquity is concerned, J. Harries’ anthropologically-informed view of its significance opens up a different window for understanding its role in Roman society.

There were certainly cities that had a population size more than 100,000 in the Roman world. But a large number of urban centers only had 2,000–15,000. Cf. “. . ” (Epstein 1998: 686). 82 See Fukuyama 1995 and 2002 for discussions of the concepts of externalities and radius of trust. 83 Tran 2006 has done helpful work in this area. 24 introduction the government, may have been at work. 84 Throughout this book, I will strive to identify specific elements that tended to draw participants to the collegia centonariorum.

It was presented at the symposium “Graeco-Roman Philanthropy and Christian Charity,” held at DePauw University, March 17, 2007. I thank David Hollander for allowing me to use the manuscript. 68 Such theoretical framework has the advantage of enabling economic and social historians to go beyond the stated purpose(s) of the associations, and excavate the wider socio-economic consequences of the many forms of group activities and regulations, some of which have often been seen as mundane or trivial.

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