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Law and Legality in the Greek East: The Byzantine Canonical Tradition, 381-883

David Wagschal


This book is an exploration into the legal culture of the Byzantine church. Confronting the traditional narratives of decline or primitivism that have discouraged study of the subject, the book argues that a close reading of the central monuments of the Byzantine canonical tradition 381–883 reveals a much more sophisticated and coherent legal world than is generally assumed. Examining 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, the book draws o ... More

Keywords: Byzantine, Byzantine church, canonical corpus, canonical prologue, legal theory, legal anthropology, Greco-Roman law, medieval law, manuscript transmission, jurisprudence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198722601
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722601.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Wagschal, author
Toronto School of Theology