Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

Byzantine Legal Culture and the Roman Legal Tradition, 867–1056

$105.00 (C)

  • Date Published: February 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107182561

$ 105.00 (C)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • This social history of Byzantine law offers an introduction to one of the world's richest yet hitherto understudied legal traditions. In the first study of its kind, Chitwood explores and reinterprets the seminal legal-historical events of the Byzantine Empire under the Macedonian dynasty, including the re-appropriation and refashioning of the Justinianic legal corpus and the founding of a law school in Constantinople. During this last phase of Byzantine secular law, momentous changes in law and legal culture were underway: the patronage of the elite was reflected in the legal system, theological terms from Orthodox Christianity entered the vocabulary of Byzantine jurisprudence, and private legal collections of uncertain origins began to circulate in manuscripts alongside official redactions of Justinianic law. By using the heuristic device of exploring legal culture, this book examines the interplay in law between the Roman political heritage, Orthodox Christianity and Hellenic culture.

    • Presents an accessible social history of Byzantine law
    • Avoids the specialist digressions of Byzantine legal historians
    • Uses sources from a wide variety of genres, not just normative legal texts
    Read more

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107182561
    • length: 246 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The 'cleansing of the ancient laws' under Basil I and Leo VI
    2. Gift-giving and patronage in Middle Byzantine courts
    3. Paradigms of justice and jurisprudence
    4. The function of 'private' law collections in the Byzantine Empire and neighboring cultures
    5. Law and heresy in the edicts of the Patriarch Alexios Stoudites
    6. Legal education and the law school of Constantinople
    Appendix: translation of the Novella constitutio.

  • Author

    Zachary Chitwood, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany
    Zachary Chitwood is a Research and Teaching Associate in Byzantine Studies at Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany. He has published on Byzantine law, including the legal status of Byzantine Jews, and foundations/endowments. His scholarship has appeared in the journals Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies and Viator, as well as in The Late Antique World of Early Islam (edited by Robert G. Hoyland, 2015) and the first two of the planned three volumes of the Enzyklopädie des Stiftungswesens in mittelalterlichen Gesellschaften (2014, 2016).

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.