oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - Protection of the poor during Diocletian's reign



Diocletian was actively involved in legislation. He promulgated over a thousand laws and regulations. Of particular importance are the Edict on Prices () and a rescript of 258, both of which have caused heated academic debates. It remains to be seen whether the rescript was just an attempt to restrict contractual freedom and aimed at establishing the principle of , or whether it was one among a series of measures to protect the poor, to limit the power of landlords, and to curb the supremacy of large estates over the central government.


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