Code of Justinian


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the collections of laws and legal interpretations developed under the sponsorship of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I from A.D. 529 to 565. Strictly speaking, the works did not constitute a new legal code. Rather, Justinian's committees of jurists provided basically two reference works containing collections of past laws and extracts of the opinions of the great Roman jurists. Also included were an elementary outline of the law and a collection of Justinian's own new laws.

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“Code of Justinian.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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