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Law, Power, and Imperial Ideology in the Iconoclast Era: c.680-850

M. T. G. Humphreys


This work examines the legal texts and the role of law in Byzantium during the Iconoclast era, c.680–850. Law had been central to the Roman conception of themselves and their empire. Yet what happened to Roman law and the position it occupied in the ideological landscape during the turbulent years 680–850, normally studied through the prism of iconoclasm, is seldom explored and little understood. The numerous legal texts of the period, long ignored or misused by scholars, shed new light on this murky but crucial era, when, from the rump of the Roman Empire, emerged the Byzantine world. Both Ro ... More

Keywords: Roman law, Byzantine law, Byzantine ideology, Byzantium, late antiquity, early medieval, iconoclasm, Isaurian dynasty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198701576
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701576.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. T. G. Humphreys, author
St. John's College, University of Cambridge