In line with a radical exam of the epigraphic, criminal, and literary assets at the collegia centonariorum, this quantity deals a brand new figuring out in their origins, capabilities, enterprises, and social and criminal prestige within the Roman Empire from the 1st century BC to fourth century advert.
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74 Hawkins 2006: 88–90. 76 In particular, these theories or models provide valuable insights into the economic consequences of social institutions, and enable the discussions to go beyond the dichotomy between economic bodies and social/convivial bodies. The state of our evidence makes it rather impossible to test whether membership in ancient associations actually led to lower transaction costs. However, the scarcity of empirical evidence in itself should not discourage us from pursuing theoretical analyses.
Textual problems aside, the legal texts, especially the later ones, tended to employ highly rhetorical and exaggerated styles, to the extent that a distinction between the legal component and the literary aspect becomes quite difficult to make. 95 92 Taylor 1961; Mouritsen 2001b and 2005. Carrillo Díaz-Pinés 1995: 29–78. Cf. Slater 2000: 493–97. 94 For the interpretive problems of the legal sources, and sources from Late Antiquity in general, see Mitchell 2007: 33–38. 95 Cook 1967: 7–13; Watson 1995 ( juristic writings were scholarly opinions not necessarily bearing reflections of their own time and place); the “Frier school,” however, sees the juristic writings as more relevant to contemporary concerns.
Indeed, to overemphasize any one type of source at the expense of the others would give misleading impressions of these collegia, especially since each type has its own values and limitations. Our main body of information concerning collegia comes from inscriptions. I have compiled a catalogue of 234 inscriptions that are relevant to the collegia centonariorum. This dataset is presented in Appendix A: Catalogue of Inscriptions about the Collegia Centonariorum. This catalogue updates Waltzing’s century-old list of the relevant inscriptions.