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Law and Legality in the Greek EastThe Byzantine Canonical Tradition, 381-883$
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David Wagschal

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722601

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722601.001.0001

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The Shape of the Law

The Shape of the Law

(p.24) 1 The Shape of the Law
Law and Legality in the Greek East

David Wagschal

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the fundamental legal-cultural parameters of Byzantine canon law through an analysis of the tradition’s broadest physical shape: the content and form of the manuscripts, and patterns in the growth of the canonical corpus and collections. The chapter unfolds in a series of surveys examining the manuscript tradition, the historical development of the collections from the fourth to ninth centuries, the size of the corpus, the language of the corpus, and the nature of Byzantine canonical professionalization. The chapter places special emphasis on the surprising stability and uniformity of the tradition, the compactness of the corpus, the lack of official definitions, and the absence of professionalization and systematic jurisprudence.

Keywords:   canonical manuscripts, canonical corpus, legal professionalization, jurisprudence, legislation, official definition, canonical collections

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