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The Novels of Justinian
A Complete Annotated English Translation


David Miller, Peter Sarris
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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from June 2023
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781107000926

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  • The novels comprise a series of laws issued in the sixth century by the famous Emperor Justinian (r.527-65), along with a number of measures issued by his immediate successors on the throne of Constantinople. They reveal the evolution of Roman law at the end of antiquity and how imperial law was transmitted to both the Byzantine East and Latin West in the Early Middle Ages. Crucially, the texts cast fascinating light on how litigants of all social backgrounds sought to appropriate the law and turn it to their advantage, as well as on topics ranging from the changing status of women to the persecution of homosexuals, and from the spread of heresy to the economic impact of the first known outbreak of bubonic plague. This work represents the first English translation of the novels based on the original Greek, and comes with an extensive historical and legal commentary.

    • The first complete English translation of the novels and associated texts based on the original Greek, with significant emendations to the standard edition edited by Schoell and Kroll
    • Provides an extensive legal and historical commentary to explain the contents of the laws and place them in context
    • Includes a detailed introduction surveying the reign of the Emperor Justinian and the relationship between the novels and his broader programme of imperial renewal
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    '… Miller and Sarris have produced a wonderful resource for students and scholars alike that will be consulted for many years to come. They deserve the thanks of historians and legal historians everywhere for their elegant, insightful, and well-analyzed rendering of Justinian's legislation.' Zachary Chitwood, Speculum

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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781107000926
    • length: 1212 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 180 x 71 mm
    • weight: 2.49kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from June 2023
  • Table of Contents

    1. Translator's preface David Miller
    2. Introduction Peter Sarris
    3. Maps
    4. Papyrus protocol (as discussed in J.Nov. 44)
    5. Novels 1-168
    6. Edicts 1-13
    7. Appendices 1-9
    8. Bibliography.

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    David J. D. Miller
    David J. D. Miller was educated in classics and theology and taught Latin and Greek at Bristol Grammar School (where he was Head of Classics for twenty-one years) and at the University of Bristol. His previously published translations include the first-ever English versions of Eusebius' Gospel Problems and Solutions (2011) and (with Richard Goodrich) of Jerome's Commentary on Ecclesiastes (2012).


    Peter Sarris, University of Cambridge
    Peter Sarris is Reader in Late Roman, Medieval and Byzantine History in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity College. His publications include Economy and Society in the Age of Justinian (Cambridge, 2006), Empires of Faith: The Fall of Rome to the Rise of Islam (2011), and Byzantium: A Very Short Introduction (2015).


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