Late Antiquity (fourth to early seventh centuries CE) is a historical period marked by rapid and striking political, social, religious and legal change. This module examines the 'legal cultures' that developed during this formative era. Students will learn how to use and understand formal legal sources - including Roman (imperial), Rabbinic, Sasanian and 'barbarian' codes and expert legal literature - as historical sources, anchored in specific situations and contexts. We will also explore curse tablets and prayers for justice from the 'under-policed' worlds of Britain and Iberia, as well as the establishment of 'universal' Christian conciliar canons and monastic rules. What distinguishes law and legal practice in the manuscript cultures of Late Antiquity from law and legal practice in mediaeval or modern societies?