Justinian and the Corpus Iuris: An Overview
15 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2017 Last revised: 24 Jul 2017
Date Written: June 28, 2017
The author explores the most important legal undertaking of Antiquity: the Corpus Iuris Civilis promulgated by Emperor Justinian. Justinian’s codification is the bridge that links Antiquity, the Byzantine Empire, and Europe. It is also the link between civil law and common law, and between canon law and civil law. To know about the Corpus Iuris is to know about something that was instrumental for the development of justice and law in the past, continues to operate in the present, and will probably have its impact in the future. The Corpus Iuris, especially the Digest, has not only a historic value but an intrinsic one because it embodied the creative spirit and permanent character of all of Roman jurisprudence.
Keywords: Digest, Justinian, Corpus Iuris, Corpus Iuris Civilis, Tribonian, Institutes, Code of Justinian
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