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Understanding Late Antique Top-Down Communication: a Study of Imperial Constitutions

Project description

Understanding late antique constitutions

Late antique laws (constitutions) are composed in a challenging, rarefied prose, hiding their legal core in the thick of a rambling text. In a world devoid of television or newspapers, the freshly arriving constitutions arguably provided the most important connection to the wider world. One might expect their expansive introductions to be propagandistic, which is however not the case: several emperors preferred a candid approach, admitting that barbarian attacks were indeed to be feared or that an earlier law was wrong. The EU-funded ERC project AntCoCo will investigate these constitutions from various viewpoints. The texts will be scrutinised by linguists, historians, and legal historians. Modern communication theory will provide the methodological means for an understanding of their communicative function.

Host institution

OTTO-FRIEDRICH-UNIVERSITAET BAMBERG
Net EU contribution
€ 1 998 625,00
Address
Kapuzinerstrasse 16
96047 Bamberg
Germany

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (1)

OTTO-FRIEDRICH-UNIVERSITAET BAMBERG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 1 998 625,00
Address
Kapuzinerstrasse 16
96047 Bamberg

See on map

Region
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00