Armis et legibus
Un motto attribuito a Iamblichus nei Romana di Iordanes
This paper deals with the De summa temporum, vel origine actibusque gentis Romanorum written between 550-551 by Jordanes, bishop of Croton (but the identification is problematic). The author focuses his attention on the phrase armis et legibus which Jordanes fictitiously attributes to Iamblichus. Mastandrea argues that Jordanes is in fact echoing the opening phrase of the emperor Justinian’s De Institutionibus promulgandis (written in 533), and that the quotation is referred to as a phrase by Iamblichus so as deliberately to constitute his polemical damnatio, given that Justinian was, at the time of the De summa, openly hostile to Pope Vigilius.