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H ISTORY 140/141 * F ALL 2007 C AROL S YMES Tuesday, 4 September Laws and Lawgivers: Gods and Kings, Conquest and Customs K EY Q UESTIONS TO B E A DDRESSED IN L ECTURE How is imperial power established and maintained? What is law, and where does it come from? Is it different from custom? What individuals and institutions are/have been empowered to make law? What forms does law take? How is it enforced? How can we use law as a source for history? T ERMS I NTRODUCED IN L ECTURE empire (Latin: imperium , “a command”) statute/statutory law (Latin: statuta, “directives, decisions handed down”) customary/constitutional law (from Latin: constituta, “agreements” and consuetudines, “customs”) Pentateuch (Greek: penta + teuchoi = “five” + “works, tools, shields, creations”) polytheism (Greek: religion of “many gods” = poly + theos ) monolatry (Greek: “worship of one among many”) monotheism (Greek: religion of “one god alone”) A DDITIONAL S OURCES C ITED IN L ECTURE
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