J020 – Byzantine Law


Course Information

Professor: Danilo Ceccarelli Morolli

Program: . Thu. III-IV, 2nd sem., 2 cr., 3 ECTS


      • Some introductory themes of Byzantine civilization.
      • The age of formation of Byzantine law: Justinian and the redaction of the Corpus Iuris Civilis; the role played by the Antecessores.
      • The ages of development of Byzantine law: 8th and 9th century.
      • The apogee of the Byzantine law: from the Macedonian dynasty to the rise of the private handbooks.
      • The age of decline among famous and anonymous lawyers.
      • Byzantine canon law: its formation and development, the major Byzantine canonical collections.
      • The canon lawyers of 12th century.
      • Some remarks about public Byzantine law and about the judiciary Byzantine system.
      • The influences of Byzantine law in Italy and in contemporary States.
      • The influences of Byzantine law inside Oriental canon law, with special reference to the Code of the Canons of the Eastern Churches.


To illustrate the historical evolution of the Byzantine law, and, therefore, of Byzantine civilization, as an actual source of the Code of the Canons of the Eastern Churches.


D. Ceccarelli Morolli, Il diritto dell’Impero Romano d’Oriente. Introduzione alle fonti e ai protagonisti, Kanonika 21, Roma 2016;


Id., s.v. Law Byzantine, in E.G. Farrugia (ed.), Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Christian East, Rome 2016, 1126-1129;


G. Passarelli (ed.), La civiltà bizantina. Uomini, donne, cultura, Milano 2001.