The Leges Iuliae: Augustus, the Law, and the New Order


ACLS Project Development Grants




Understanding how Rome’s first emperor, Augustus, created an enduring monarchy after a century of violent instability requires a careful examination of his lawmaking. While Augustus’ rule is among the most studied periods in pre-modern European history, the exploitation of law to underpin autocratic power has not been understood. This project, the first comprehensive study of Augustan law, argues that lawmaking was a central aspect of the formation of imperial rule: Augustus manipulated statute law to articulate his regime’s ideology, while also transforming lawmaking as the foundation for continuing monarchical power. The ACLS grant will provide summer salary to advance this book project.