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date: 18 September 2019

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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

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