Aarhus Universitets segl

On the Origins of Limited Term Sentences of Incarceration

Matthew Larsen (University of Copenhagen)

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Fredag 1. april 2022,  kl. 15:01 - 16:00




Klassiske Studier og forskningsprogrammet "Classical Antiquity and its Heritage" and "Centre for the Study of Antiquity and Christianity (C-SAC)"

The prison is imagined as a modern invention, with the core of the modern prison being a limited term sentence of incarceration (e.g. a five year prison sentence). Yet even this aspect of the history of incarceration has a much longer history. In this talk, I trace the origins of the limited term sentence back to Mediterranean antiquity, with special reference to the emerging history of Christianity, to show that the practice of sentencing a convict to a specific amount of time in prison was not uncommon and was tied to emerging Christian discourse on punishment.

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