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CANCELED: On the Origins of Limited-Term Sentences of Incarceration

Matthew Larsen, Society of Fellows; Religion

March 23, 2020 · 4:30 pm6:00 pm · 103 Scheide Caldwell

Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity

Carceral studies tends to operate with a model that imagines the birth of the prison and the limited-term prison sentence as happening in the late 18th century in Europe and North America. This lecture challenges this model by showing evidence of limited-term sentences of incarceration in Late Antiquity. It explores the historical context of the emergence of placing criminalized persons in carceral geographies for a certain amount of time. It connects the origins of limited-term sentences of incarceration to practices of convict labor and to emerging Christian ideas of hell and punishment.

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