My new book, Prison, Punishment and Penance in Late Antiquity, published in May 2015, tracks the long-term genesis of a late antique legal penalty, forced penance in a monastery. This paper will aim to take listeners through the main arguments of the book, by focussing on a particular aspect of the penalty: its use to address ‘deviant’ female behaviour. It will discuss the treatment of women in late Roman criminal law and the role of the household and the increasingly Christian community in dealing with ‘female’ crime, to understand better why monastic penance was apparently often (but by no means exclusively) imposed on women.
– Julia Hillner (speaker)
Book available here:
Tuesday 13 October, 16:15
Jessop West Room G:03
Dr Julia Hillner is interviewed by Dr Richard Flower at the University of Exeter. Watch the full discussion about cruel and unusual punishments, inequality before the law and why the Romans did (and didn’t) put people in prison.
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Julia’s new book: Prison, Punishment and Penance in Late Antiquity (Cambridge University Press, 2015) is available here: