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

Hardcover | January 18, 2015

byM. T. G. Humphreys

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Law was central to the ancient Roman's conception of themselves and their empire. Yet what happened to Roman law and the position it occupied ideologically during the turbulent years of the Iconoclast era, c.680-850, is seldom explored and little understood. The numerous legal texts of thisperiod, long ignored or misused by scholars, shed new light on this murky but crucial era, when the Byzantine world emerged from the Roman Empire.Law, Power, and Imperial Ideology in the Iconoclast Era uses Roman law and canon law to chart the various responses to these changing times, especially the rise of Islam, from Justinian II's Christocentric monarchy to the Old Testament-inspired Isaurian dynasty. The Isaurian emperors sought toimpose their control and morally purge the empire through the just application of law, sponsoring the creation of a series of concise, utilitarian texts that punished crime, upheld marriage, and protected property. This volume explores how such legal reforms were part of a reformulation of ideologyand state structures that underpinned the transformation from the late antique Roman Empire to medieval Byzantium.

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Law was central to the ancient Roman's conception of themselves and their empire. Yet what happened to Roman law and the position it occupied ideologically during the turbulent years of the Iconoclast era, c.680-850, is seldom explored and little understood. The numerous legal texts of thisperiod, long ignored or misused by scholars, s...

M. T. G. Humphreys is a Fellow of St. John's College, University of Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:January 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceList of AbbreviationsList of TablesNote on Language and TablesMapsIntroduction: Roman Law and Imperial Ideology from Justinian to Heraclius1. The Council in Trullo2. The Ecloga3. The Appendices to the Ecloga4. The Associated Codes of the Ecloga I: The Nomos Mosaikos and The Nomos Rhodian Nautikos5. The Associated Codes of the Ecloga II: The Nomos Georgikos6. Three Reactions: Irene, Leo V, and the MacedoniansConclusionAppendix: Tables of ManuscriptsBibliographyIndex