Why Is The Justinian Code Important To Historians?


I'm not sure, why was the Justinian Code so important to historians?

Well, Justinian had all the various laws and codes from the Roman empire combined into one, and organized and codified them.

It served as a model for future laws, and was borrowed by Western Europeans as they set up their own societies.

It very nicely took all that came before it, placed it in an orderly fashion, and made it much easier for all those that came after to build upon.

Justinian's Code?

Consider the reign of Justinian. What was the significance of Justinian’s Code? In what ways did Justinian influence history?

Thats an interesting question. "Corupus Iurus Civilis" or the Justinian Code, was the result of Emperor Justinian's desire that existing Roman law be collected into a simple and clear system of laws, or "code." Tribonian, a legal minister under Justinian, lead a group of scholars in a 14-month effort to codify existing Roman law. The result was the first Justinian Code, completed in 529. This code was later expanded to include Justinian's own laws, as well as two additional books on areas of the law. In 534, the Justinian Code, made up of the Code, the Digest, and the Institutes, was completed.
The purpose of the code was the same as any set of laws. To create order. All codes acknowledge that some types of behavior is good and other types are evil, and they attept to maintain peace and safety over the areas in which they are in effect.
The significance of Justinian's Code was not nearly as noticable as Hammurabi’s, but it does hold some historical significance none the less. It codified Roman law, and was influencial in maintaining peace throughout Byzantium for many years.

what r the laws of justinian?

The Justinian Code is the name used for the Corpus Juris Civilis (Body of Civil Law), a compilation of Roman law published during the reign of Emperor Justinian I (A.D. 483–565). Roman law was the legal system used by the Romans from the eighth century B.C. until the fall of the Roman Empire around A.D. 476 in western Europe and in eastern Europe in 1453. Justinian I, also called Justinian the Great, ordered Roman judges and legal scholars to collect and compile the laws of the Roman Empire. Called the Justinian Code, these laws had been published in the Corpus Juris Civilis when Justinian died in 565. The document consists of four parts: the Codex, a collection of laws; the Digests, a collection of writings by Roman legal scholars; the Institutes, a textbook for law students; and the Novels, a collection of laws created after the publication of the Codex. During the Middle Ages (c. 450–c. 1500), the Justinian Code was used only by the Catholic Church, which made it part of church laws and handed it down through the centuries. Though the Roman Empire ceased to exist, the Justinian Code continues to influence laws in most European countries and some non-English-speaking countries; it also is the basis of state law in Louisiana in the United States.

Other than Justinian's major accomplishments what were some other accomplishments?

also what were some of the laws that he created, besides the obvious, "Justinian Code"?

He invented the convenience store.(Although I would argue that was a major accomplishment).

Theodora died in 548;Justinian remained as emperor until 565,so I don't really see how "her force of personality" was responsible for keeping him on the throne for those 17 years.Justinian surrounded himself with able advisers and subordinates and delegated tasks to them which they were able to successfully carry out.This was why he remained on the throne so long and was so successful.

What was Justinian's most important long lasting political achievement?

Was it, his reconquest of the western half of the Roman Empire, his democratic reforms, his religous compromise between the Roman Catholic and the Greek Orthodox churches, his codification of Roman Law, or his establishment of a lastiing peace with the islamic wold?

What is the Justinian Code?

Corupus Iurus Civilis or the Justinian Code, was the result of Emperor Justinian's desire that existing Roman law be collected into a simple and clear system of laws, or "code." Tribonian, a legal minister under Justinian, lead a group of scholars in a 14-month effort to codify existing Roman law. The result was the first Justinian Code, completed in 529. This code was later expanded to include Justinian's own laws, as well as two additional books on areas of the law. In 534, the Justinian Code, made up of the Code, the Digest, and the Institutes, was completed.



How do Natural Law, Law of Nations, and Civil Law work together to create a legal system?

"Civil law is thus distinguished from the law of nations. Every community governed by laws and customs uses partly its own law, partly laws common to all mankind. . . . The people of Rome, then, are governed partly by their own laws, and partly by the laws which are common to all mankind."

"{N]ations have established certain laws, as occasion and the necessities of human life required. Wars arose, and in their train followed captivity and then slavery, which is contrary to the law of nature; for by that law all men are originally born free. Further, by the law of nations almost all contracts were at first introduced, as, for instance, buying and selling, letting and hiring, partnership, deposits, loans returnable in kind, and very many others."

"The laws of nature, which all nations observe alike, being established by a divine providence, remain ever fixed and immutable. But the laws which every state has enacted, undergo frequent changes, either by the tacit consent of the people, or by a new law being subsequently passed."

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