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By Zachary Chitwood

This social historical past of Byzantine legislation deals an advent to at least one of the world's richest but hitherto understudied felony traditions. within the first examine of its type, Chitwood explores and reinterprets the seminal legal-historical occasions of the Byzantine Empire below the Macedonian dynasty, together with the re-appropriation and refashioning of the Justinianic felony corpus and the founding of a legislation college in Constantinople. in this final part of Byzantine secular legislation, momentous adjustments in legislation and criminal tradition have been underway: the patronage of the elite used to be mirrored within the felony process, theological phrases from Orthodox Christianity entered the vocabulary of Byzantine jurisprudence, and personal criminal collections of doubtful origins started to stream in manuscripts along respectable redactions of Justinianic legislation. through the use of the heuristic machine of exploring felony tradition, this e-book examines the interaction in legislation among the Roman political historical past, Orthodox Christianity and Hellenic culture.

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