Prison, Punishment and Penance in Late Antiquity

Prison, Punishment and Penance in Late Antiquity

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Julia Hillner
Cambridge University Press, 6/5/2015
EAN 9780521517515, ISBN10: 0521517516

Hardcover, 444 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
Language: English

This book traces the long-term genesis of the sixth-century Roman legal penalty of forced monastic penance. The late antique evidence on this penal institution runs counter to a scholarly consensus that Roman legal principle did not acknowledge the use of corrective punitive confinement. Dr Hillner argues that forced monastic penance was a product of a late Roman penal landscape that was more complex than previous models of Roman punishment have allowed. She focuses on invigoration of classical normative discourses around punishment as education through Christian concepts of penance, on social uses of corrective confinement that can be found in a vast range of public and private scenarios and spaces, as well as on a literary Christian tradition that gave the experience of punitive imprisonment a new meaning. The book makes an important contribution to recent debates about the interplay between penal strategies and penal practices in the late Roman world.

Part I. Punishment, Reform and Penance
1. Philosophical and domestic foundations
2. Punishment and reform in early imperial legal thought
3. Christian principles of punishment
4. Punishment, reform and penance in late Roman law
Part II. Prison and Punishment
5. The public prison in late antiquity
6. Private power and punitive confinement
7. Exile and confinement
8. Exile, prison and the Christian imagination
Part III. Prison and Penance
9. Monastic confinement and ecclesiastical justice
10. Monastic confinement and imperial justice
Appendix I. Places of forced residence
Appendix II. Places of exiles' confinement
Appendix III. Places of monastic confinement.