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    Codex Theodosianus, 6, 6, 1

    Der 438 veröffentlichte Codex Theodosianus, eine wichtige Rechtssammlung, enthält zahlreiche Bestimmungen, welche Aufgaben, Privilegien und Würde einzelner Rangstellungen festlegen und hierarchisch positionieren. Ein Beispiel:

        (IMPPP.) GRA(TIA)NUS, VAL(ENTINI)ANUS ET THEOD(OSIUS) AAA. AD SEVERUM P(RAEFECTUM) U(RBI). (U)niversa culmina dignitatum consulatui cedere (e)videnti auctoritate decernimus. Sed ut consulatus (ant)eponendus est omnibus fastigiis dignitatum, in (om)ni etiam curiae senatoriae actu sententia coe(tu), si quis consulatu et praefectura vel culmine mi(lit)ari conspicuus est, pridem consulari praeferen(dus) haud dubio est. Porro si contigerit, ut ad duas has (pra)erogativas etiam patriciatus splendor addatur, [quis] dubitet huiusmodi virum praeter ceteros emine(re? N)eque enim unus tantum honor potest duobus aut (plu)ribus anteferri, dummodo consulatui ex his, quae (de)signatae sunt, dignitas quaecumque societur. DAT. (KAL.) APRIL. ANTONIO ET SYAGRIO VV. CC. CONSS.

    (Cod. Theod. 6, 6, 1)

    Vom Codex Theodosianus gibt es eine englische Übersetzung: The Theodosian Code and Novels and the Sirmondian Constitutions. A Translation with Commentary, Glossary, and Bibliography by Clyde Pharr, New York 1952.
    Die Übersetzung von Cod. Theod. 6, 6, 1 lautet:

    "I. Emperors Gratian, Valentinian and Theodosius Augustuses to Severus, Prefect of the City. By a manifest ordinance We decree that all the highest ranking dignities must yield precedence to the consulship. I. But just as the consulship must be placed before all the supreme heights of dignity, even in every act, official expression of opinion, or meeting of the Senatorial assembly, so if any person is distinguished by the consulship and either the prefecture or the supreme height of military rank, it has not been doubtful for some time that he shall take precedence of men of consular rank. 2. Furthermore, if it should happen that to these two prerogatives the glory of the patriciate also should be added, who would doubt that such a man should be exalted above all others? For one honor alone is not able to take precedence over two or more, provided that any one of those dignities designated above should be associated with the consulship.
      Given on the kalends of April in the year of the consulship ot the Most Noble Antonius and Syagrius.–April I, 382."
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