Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Law and Legality in the Greek EastThe Byzantine Canonical Tradition, 381-883$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright 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 monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 19 December 2018

The Language of the Law

The Language of the Law

(p.138) 3 The Language of the Law
Law and Legality in the Greek East

David Wagschal

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores how the language and literary textures of the canons can be read as evidence for a specific vision of law and legality. The chapter opens with an overview of canonical terminology. Particular attention is devoted to the significance of the term “canon” and the surprising absence of the notion of “canon law.” The chapter then surveys the genres of the canons, the structures of the canons as rules, the legal language of the canons, and the non-legal discourses within the canons. Critical observations of the chapter include the highly rhetorical nature of the canons, the strangely desultory and uneven nature of technical legal discourse, and the strong concern to embed the canons into extra-legal narratives. The vision of law uncovered in this chapter coheres strongly with that observed in Chapters 1 and 2.

Keywords:   canon, canon law, philology, terminology, legal language, rules, genre, civil law, rhetoric

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .