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Pax

(957 words)

Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover) | Scherf, Johannes (Tübingen)
('peace'). [1] Peace in general [German version] A. Definition Latin pax (< Indo-European  pac, hence pac-s, pacisci > pango, cf. Greek πήγνυμι/ pḗgnymi; on ancient terminology, see [6. 17-29]) means primarily the state of peace and not the manner in which it is obtained [7. 46]. Although Roman sources do call pax the absence of war ( bellum), pax is only the result of a concrete war ended by means of conquest, deditio or agreement by treaty (see D below) [7. 49f.; 8. 51; 6. 155]. Attributes indicate 'peacemakers' or different domains (cf. Pax deorum (deum) ). Kehne, Peter (Hannover) …

Pactio

(252 words)

Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover)
[German version] In the Roman 'law of nations' p. generally meant (to be precise pactum < pacisci; synonymous  conventio: [1. 136f.]) interstatal agreements without reference to the current legal format (Gell. 1,25,15; Gai. Inst. 3,94; Dig. 49,15,12, compare 2,14,5; Liv. 34,57,7), in the plural it also referred to their content. Given that fides [II.] publica operated in them, the observance of which signified the compliance with the ius gentium (s. ius A. 2.) as a norm of the 'law of nations' ([1. 36]; [2. 6; 11f.]; [4. 75]), the maxim: pacta servanda sunt (agreements should be ob…

Mallobaudes

(120 words)

Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover)
[German version] As comes domesticorum et rex Francorum M. defeated the Alemanni at Argentaria (Horburg/Alsace) in AD 378. He probably took part in Gratianus' [2] expedition on the right bank of the Rhine [1. 600] in order to subjugate them (Amm. Marc. 31,10,6…

Hunimundus

(175 words)

Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover) | Strothmann, Meret (Bochum)
[German version] [1] Dux, later rex of the Danubian Suebi Dux, later rex of the Danubian Suebi, after a foray into Dalmatia defeated and ‘adopted’ in c. AD 465 by the king of the Goths Thiudimer. Mobilized a multi-tribe war coalition against the Goths also supported by eastern Rome but was defeated by them in c. 469 (Iord. Get. 273-279). Probably identical to the pillager of Batavis (Eugippius, Vita Severini 22,4) of the same name. PLRE 2, 574 (H. 2). Kehne, Peter (Hannover) Bibliography H. Wolfram, Die Goten, 31990, 264ff. [German version] [2] H. the Younger. King of the Ostrogoths,…

Transfuga

(192 words)

Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover)
[German version] Unlike a mere desertor , i.e. a citizen evading military service or a soldier not on leave, whose desertion was severely punished by Rome, a transfuga was a Roman citizen (or subject of the Empire), who as a soldier or civilian (Dig. 48,4,2,3) committed treason ( perduellio ), and thus a crime against the polity ( crimen publicum) by defecting to the enemy (Erl. Dig. 49,15,5), which Rome punished according to the law of war (War, law of) through the magistrates by coercitio or in criminal law as a crimen maiestatis ( Maiestas ). A transfuga was considered pro hoste ( Hostis ; Dig. 49,16,7), like a de…

Malaric

(51 words)

Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover)
[German version] Frank, defended in AD 355 as tribunus gentilium of the scholae Palatinae the magister peditum Silvanus who was accused of planning to usurp power (see Mallobaudes). In 363 M. declined appointment as magister equitum per Gallias (Amm. Marc. 15,5,6; 25,8,11; 10,6). PLRE 1, 538. Kehne, Peter (Hannover)

Marcomer

(85 words)

Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover)
[German version] Frankish dux, later rex, broke through the Limes in AD 388 and probably destroyed the punitive expedition army led by Quintinus. In 389 he negotiated with Valentinianus II and provided hostages. In 391/2, M. avoided an attack by Arbogastes and in 392 entered into a foedus with Eugenius [1] (Greg. Tur. Franc. 2,9). In 395 he presumably fled to Stilic…

Macrianus

(455 words)

Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover) | Franke, Thomas (Bochum)
[German version] [1] Rex of the Alamanni in the Main-Neckar region, 4th cent. AD Rex of the Alamanni in the Main-Neckar region, where he surrendered to lulianus [11] in AD 359 (Amm. Marc. 18,2,15-18). In 370, Valentinianus [1] mobilized a Burgundian army (Amm. Marc. 28,5,8-13) against M., who had by then become more powerful. However, M. avoided capture in 372 by fleeing. Rex Fraomarius, appointed by the emperor to replace M., could not sustain his position for long (Amm. Marc. 29,4,2-7; 30,7,11). In 374, the emperor entered into a foedus (Amm. Marc. 30,3,3-7) …

Sponsio

(325 words)

Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover) | Forgó, Nikolaus (Vienna)
[German version] I. Constitutional law An institution of Roman international law, sponsio was a form of treaty characterized by stipulatio (Gai. Inst. 3,94), and a normal form even for an oral peace treaty ( pax ) entered into by the emperor [1. 97; 2. 46]. From the High Republic onwards, it also meant 'a treaty entered into by a Roman commander by virtue of his word, without the authorization of the Senate' ([3. 48]: 'battlefield treaty'; cf. [2. 47]). As demonstrated by the rejection of the capitulation ( pactio ) in the war against Numantia (137 BC; Host…

Indutiae

(170 words)

Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover)
[German version] As opposed to a mere pause in a battle ( quies a proeliis), indutiae in martial and international law means an agreed truce ( cessatio pugnae pacticia: Gell. NA 1,25,8) or the agreement on which it is based ( pactio indutiarum). The historicity of indutiae valid beyond the year of office of the commander and ending a war for from 2 to 100 years, according to annalistic tradition like peace treaties, is content…

Legatio

(723 words)

Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover)
[German version] The activity of a legatus . 1) In international law, a government-ordered, occasional delegation of usually three or more legati - as messengers or provided with full authority - who acted as official representatives of Rome and reported to the Senate (

Merobaudes

(700 words)

Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover) | Smolak, Kurt (Vienna)
[German version] [1] Consul in AD 377 and 383 In AD 363 Flavius M., presumably a Frank, served Iulianus [11]. Appointed magister peditum by Valentinianus I (Zos. 4,17), M. fought in the war with the Quadi in 375. Acting on his own authority, he elevated Valentinianus II to the rank of…

International treaties

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Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover) | Neumann, Hans (Berlin) | Starke, Frank (Tübingen) | Beck, Hans (Cologne)
[German version] I. General International treaties (IT) are official and binding agreements under international law between two or more subjects of international law, which are legally binding for the entire citizenship in question. They were stipulated orally or in writing; they took the form of unilateral, bi- or multilateral agreements, and always implied the recognition of the other party under international law. IT were often the result of prelimi…

Laeti

(200 words)

Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover)
[German version] Etymologically (Etruscan, Celtic, Germanic, Latin?) disputed technical term for descendants of prisoners or dediticii , predominantly of Germanic origin (Amm. Marc. 20,8,13), who settled in Gaul under state supervision on barren, remote estates ( terrae laeticae: Cod. Theod. 13,11,10). Laeti had limited rights, were bound to the soil, obliged to do military service, but were not ‘soldier-farmers’ [2]. The Notitia dignitatum records, under the magister peditum in Gallia, twelve praefecti laetorum (Not. Dign. Occ. 42,33-44) with details of nationality…

Obsequium

(199 words)

Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover)
[German version] In the social and political fabric of Roman society obsequium generally referred to a duty of support for prominent persons [3. 128ff.], in a military sense it referred to a soldier's obedience and in Roman private law to the legal duty of the libertus (Freedmen) towards his patronus [1. 140]. In relation to the imperium Romanum, obsequium also referred to the loyalty of a province (Tac. Hist. 4,71,2; 74,4; Tac. Ann. 4,72,1; 15,21,1) as well as the subordination - the goal of foreign policy - of tribes living on the edges of the Empi…

Italicus

(172 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Losemann, Volker (Marburg/Lahn) | Kehne, Peter (Hannover)
Common Roman cognomen. Most famously the poet  Silius I. Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [German version] [1] King of the Cherusci from 47 AD Son of the Cheruscan  Flavus (the brother of  Arminius) and of a daughter of the Chatti leader Actumerus, born and raised in Rome. Because the quarrelling nobility demand I. as king of the  Cherusci, emperor  Claudius [III 1] installs this last offshoot of the stirps regia as king in AD 47 (Tac. Ann. 11,16); this shows the new development of Romano-Germanic relations since the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. Driven out afte…

Mallobaudes

(93 words)

Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover)
[English version] schlug als comes domesticorum et rex Francorum 378 n.Chr. bei Argentaria (Horburg/Elsaß) die Alamannen und nahm wohl an Gratianus' [2] rechtsrhein. Expedition [1. 600] zu deren Unterwerfung teil (Amm. 31,10,6-17). Im Frankenland tötete er später den eingefallenen Alamannenkönig Macrianus […

Legatus

(367 words)

Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover)
[English version] (“aufgrund eines Gesetzes abgesandt” [6. 11]). 1) Gesandter im völkerrechtl. Verkehr Roms, der außerhalb Italiens Funktionen der fetiales im Rahmen einer legatio übernahm [3. 1133-1135; 2. Bd. 2, 675-690]. Er verfügte u.a. über apparitores [1. 110ff.], Reisegeld ( viaticum) und Recht auf freie Beförderung ( evectio), wozu der vom Senat ausgehändigte goldene Ring (Plin. nat. 33,11) legitimierte [2. Bd. 1, 301]. Gemäß des ius gentium (Völkerrecht) war er sanctus inviolatusque (“heilig und unverletzlich”; Caes. Gall. 3,9,3; Liv. 30,25,10); unges…

Merobaudes

(594 words)

Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover) | Smolak, Kurt (Wien)
[English version] [1] Consul 377 und 383 n.Chr. 363 n.Chr. diente der verm. fränkische Flavius M. dem Iulianus [11]. Von Valentinianus I. zum magister peditum ernannt (Zos. 4,17), kämpfte M. 375 im Quadenkrieg (Quadi), erhob eigenmächtig Valentinianus II. zum Augustus (Amm. 30,10; Zos. 4,19) und war 377 und 383 Consul. 377 hielt M. Teile des zu Valens nach Thrakien geschickten Heeres zurück (Amm. 31,7,4), was wohl zu Mallobaudes' Sieg in Gallien beitrug. Verm. nahm er an weiteren Feldzügen des Gratianus [2] teil, trat…

Pactio

(206 words)

Author(s): Kehne, Peter (Hannover)
[English version] Im röm. Völkerrecht bezeichnet p. (bzw. pactum < pacisci; syn. conventio: [1. 136f.]) allg. und ohne Rücksicht auf die jeweilige Rechtsform zwischenstaatliche Abkommen (Gell. 1,25,15; Gai. inst. 3,94; Dig. 49,15,12, vgl. 2,14,5; Liv. 34,57,7), im Pl. auch deren Inhalte. Da in ihnen fides [II.] publica wirkt, deren Beachtung die Einhaltung von ius gentium (s. ius A. 2.) als Völkerrechtsnorm bedeutet ([2. 6; 11f.]; vgl. [1. 36]; [4. 75]), gilt auch für sie die Maxime: pacta servanda sunt (“Verträge sind einzuhalten”, vgl. Cic. off. 3,92; 107 und 1,23; …
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