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This chapter examines the administration of the provinces of the Roman Empire from the first beginnings of Rome’s overseas power in the third and second centuries BC to the reorganisation of the provinces in the fourth century AD. Firstly it looks at the nature of a provincia in the Republican period, the use of the both ius civile and local law in the provinces and the extent and limitations of the power of the governor. Secondly it examines the roles of the emperor and imperium-holders in the period of Augustus and the first three centuries AD and the shifts in the use of local and Roman law. A third section on the reforms of Diocletian follows. Throughout the interplay between the changes in the nature of the provinciae and the types and manner of jurisdiction is explored.

Keywords: governor, imperium, ius civile, legatus Augusti, lex provinciae, municipium, proconsul, provincial, quaestio de repetundis

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