Late Antique Legislation on Pagans

PI: Dr. Dr. Peter Riedlberger
Fischstraße 7
96045 Bamberg

E-Mail: peter.riedlberger(at)

Areas of Expertise: 

  • Late Antiquity
  • Cultural Studies
  • Roman Legal History
  • Patristics and Religious History

In the late antique Law Codes we encounter several constitutions on the pagans, and more specifically on pagan practices such as sacrifices. The huge majority of these laws are anti-pagan. The Christianization of the Roman Empire has always been a major research focus, and particularly in the last few years, with major research projects focusing on the intellectual debate as well as the physical destruction of pagan buildings. My research goals are far more modest. I simply want to provide an analysis of these constitutions according to the methods of Roman Law, e.g. an exegetical interpretation. Many historians have worked on these constitutions, but few legal historians have so far.


1997             LMU Munich: M. A. in Ancient History with Latin Philology and Classical Archaeology,
                     Grade 1.00, with distinction (21.07.1997)

2009             CAU Kiel: Dr. phil. in Latin Philology, summa cum laude (11.11.2009)

2012             LMU Munich: Dr. rer. nat. in History of Sciences, magna cum laude (6.12.2012)


Career History

2010-2011   Thyssen Fellow at the Chair of History of Sciences at LMU Munich and at The Warburg
                    Institute, University of London

2011-2012   Minerva Fellow (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) at the Department of History,
                    Tel Aviv University

2014            Postdoctoral teaching and research assistant (“Akademischer Mitarbeiter”) at the
                    Chair of Roman Law, Faculty of Law, Tübingen University

From 2015    Postdoctoral researcher (“Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter”) at the
                     Chair of Ancient History, University of Bamberg

1996             Paris X Nanterre: Maîtrise en histoire, Grade très bien


1) Philologischer, historischer und liturgischer Kommentar zum 8. Buch der Johannis des Goripp nebst kritischer Edition und Übersetzung. – Groningen: Egbert Forsten 2010, 503 S. [reprint Leiden/Boston: Brill 2013]. More on Gorippus.
2) Domninus of Larissa. Encheiridion and spurious works. Introduction, critical text, English translation, and commentary. – Pisa/Rome: Fabrizio Serra 2013, 279 S. [= Mathematica Graeca Antiqua ; 2]. More on Domninus.


3) Skalpieren bei den Skythen. Zu Herodot IV 64. – In: Klio 78 (1996) 53-60.
4) Die Restauration von Chosroes II. – In: Electrum 2 (1998) 161-175.
5) New evidence on the beginning of Iohannis, book V. – In: Materiali e discussioni per l'analisi dei testi classici 63 (2009) 203-208. [joint publication with G. Caramico]
6) Recherches onomastiques relatives à la composition ethnique du personnel militaire en Afrique byzantine (546-548). – In: Commutatio et contentio. Studies in the Late Roman, Sasanian and Early Islamic Near East in Memory of Zeev Rubin. Ed. by H. Börm and J. Wiesehöfer. Düsseldorf 2010. Pp. 253-271.
7) Un scolio tardo-antico sulla rimozione di rapporti, fonte dello pseudo-Domnino. – In: Koinonia 38 (2014) 395-426. [joint publication with F. Acerbi].
8) Amanuensis - eine kostenlose und effiziente Alternative für den Zugriff auf die lateinischen juristischen Quellen. – In: Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte, Romanistische Abteilung 132 (2015) 791-793 [joint publication with G. Rosenbaum]
9) Again on the name ‘Gorippus’: State of the Question – New Evidence – Rebuttal of Counterarguments – The Case of the Suda. – In: Corippe, un poète latin entre deux mondes. Ed. Benjamin Goldlust. [accepted for publication; forthcoming in 2015]


10) G. Greatrex, Rome and Persia at War, 502-532 (1998). – In: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 98.11.23. [in English]
11) J. Bergemann, Die römische Kolonie von Butrint und die Romanisierung Griechenlands (1998). – In: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 99.02.23. [in English]
12) M. Beard, J. North, S. Price, Religions of Rome (1998). – In: Göttinger Forum für Altertumswissenschaft 3 (2000) 1043-1051. [joint publication with Th. Burkard]
13) J. Hahn (Hg.), Spätantiker Staat und religiöser Konflikt (2011). - In: Plekos 13 (2011) 83-90. [in English]
14) C. Briand-Ponsart, Y. Modéran (eds.), Provinces et identités provinciales dans l’Afrique romaine (2011). – In: Klio 96 (2014) 295-304.


15) F. Jacques, J. Scheid, Rom und das Reich in der Hohen Kaiserzeit, 44 v. Chr. – 260 n. Chr. Band I. Die Struktur des Reiches. – Stuttgart/Leipzig: Teubner 1998, XV, 497 S. [reprinted as Rom und das Reich. Staatsrecht, Religion, Heerwesen, Verwaltung, Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft. – Hamburg: Nikol 2008] [From the original French into German]
16) C. Lepelley, Rom und das Reich in der Hohen Kaiserzeit, 44 v. Chr. – 260 n. Chr. Band II. Die Regionen des Reiches. – München/Leipzig: Saur 2001, XV, 529 S. [reprinted as Rom und das Reich. Die Regionen des Reiches. – Hamburg: Nikol 2006] [From the original French and English into German]

Digital Humanities

17) Amanuensis v1.5 (2014) [available at:] [joint project with Günther Rosenbaum] [Amanuensis is a rapid, powerful and convenient search utility for Romtext, the database of Latin juridical texts]


  • Mommsen-Gesellschaft
  • The Classical Association
  • Society for Classical Studies
  • Association pour l’Antiquité tardive
  • Associazione di Studi Tardoantichi
  • Association Internationale d’Études Patristiques
  • The Israeli Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies
  • Societatea de Studii Clasice din Romania
  • Mensa in Deutschland (German section of Mensa International)


2010             Doctoral thesis award: SHUG Fakultätenpreis 2010
                     (the most prestigious doctoral Award at the University of Kiel across all departments)

2010-11        Research award from Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

2011-12        Research award from Minerva Stiftung

2015             Inducted as “membre associé” by LEM/Institut d’études Augustiniennes
                     (UMR 8584 of CNRS)