The novels comprise a series of laws issued in the sixth century by the famous Emperor Justinian (r.527-65), along with a number of measures issued by his immediate successors on the throne of Constantinople. They reveal the evolution of Roman law at the end of antiquity and how imperial law was transmitted to both the Byzantine East and Latin West in the Early Middle Ages. Crucially, the texts cast fascinating light on how litigants of all social backgrounds sought to appropriate the law and turn it to their advantage, as well as on topics ranging from the changing status of women to the persecution of homosexuals, and from the spread of heresy to the economic impact of the first known outbreak of bubonic plague. This work represents the first English translation of the novels based on the original Greek, and comes with an extensive historical and legal commentary.Read more
- The first complete English translation of the novels and associated texts based on the original Greek, with significant emendations to the standard edition edited by Schoell and Kroll
- Provides an extensive legal and historical commentary to explain the contents of the laws and place them in context
- Includes a detailed introduction surveying the reign of the Emperor Justinian and the relationship between the novels and his broader programme of imperial renewal
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- Date Published: November 2018
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107000926
- dimensions: 255 x 180 x 71 mm
- weight: 2.49kg
- contains: 1 b/w illus. 3 maps
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Translator's preface David Miller
2. Introduction Peter Sarris
4. Papyrus protocol (as discussed in J.Nov. 44)
5. Novels 1-168
6. Edicts 1-13
7. Appendices 1-9
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