Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 18 September 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter sets out to show that Byzantine law is part of a common European past. The Byzantines identified themselves as Romans, their law was Roman law, and their capital Constantinople was the New Rome. This is clearly demonstrated by the history of Byzantine law, in which the Emperor Justinian occupies a prominent place and the legal language continued to employ Latin technical terms. With the spread of (Orthodox) Christianity in eastern Europe, Byzantine law was adopted as well. Thus we may see there, just as in the Latin west, a process of reception of Roman law on the shared basis of the Corpus iuris civilis, via a different channel.

Keywords: Byzantine law, Roman law, New Rome, Justinian, Corpus iuris civilis, legal language, reception of Byzantine law

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.