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5.1. Central civil institutions

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Author(s): Leppin, Hartmut
A. IntroductionA great many central civil institutions are known from Late Antiquity, and the most important of them are described systematically here. It may seem that the system can be deduced from the  Notitia dignitatum (a disjointed survey of the Roman tradition that may have been edited around 425, but contains earlier and often contentious material) [19], but this can lead to misconceptions. At no time was any system of  offices intended as permanent devised and implemented. Although the era of Diocletian and Constantine was certainly a key phase in their d…
Date: 2019-10-14