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Oxford Early Christian Studies

Law and Legality in the Greek East

The Byzantine Canonical Tradition, 381-883

David Wagschal

Law and Legality in the Greek East

Oxford Early Christian Studies

Law and Legality in the Greek East

The Byzantine Canonical Tradition, 381-883

Oxford Early Christian Studies: Law and Legality in the Greek East

 

This book is a study of Byzantine canon law which, although usually neglected by legal-historical research, Dr Wagschal argues is a fascinating and complex legal system of considerable coherence and sophistication, with many implications for our broader understanding of Christian culture and thought.


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Byzantine church law remains terra incognita to most scholars in the western academy. In this work, David Wagschal provides a fresh examination of this neglected but fascinating world. Confronting the traditional narratives of decline and primitivism that have long discouraged study of the subject, Wagschal argues that a close reading of the central monuments of Byzantine canon law c. 381-883 reveals a much more sophisticated and coherent legal culture than
is generally assumed. Engaging in innovative examinations of the physical shape and growth of the canonical corpus, the content of the canonical prologues, the discursive strategies of the canons, and the nature of the earliest forays into systematization, Wagschal invites his readers to reassess their own
legal-cultural assumptions as he advances an innovative methodology for understanding this ancient law. Law and Legality in the Greek East explores topics such as compilation, jurisprudence, professionalization, definitions of law, the language of the canons, and the relationship between the civil and ecclesiastical laws. It challenges conventional assumptions about Byzantine law while suggesting many new avenues of research in both late antique and early medieval law, secular and
ecclesiastical.


ISBN
9780198722601
Pagina's
352
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Oxford Early Christian Studies
NUR
700
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1
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Hardback
Taal
Engels
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OUP Oxford

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