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Byzantine Empire Primary Sources of Information about Its History

Listed below are few of primary sources of information about Byzantine Empire’s history-


Sozomen (d. c. 450 CE): Constantine Founds Constantinople, 324, from Ecclesiastical History 2.3
Paul of Aigina: The Epitome, excerpts. [a medical text]

A Byzantine Mathematics Textbook, 888: [Page image]
With Euclidean theorems.

Legislation Affecting the Jews, 300 to 800 CE
Index to Roman, Western and canonical laws

Byzantine Homosexuality texts are available at the People With a History site

JUSTINIAN (b.483- r.527-d.565)

[Tierney 22.1] Procopius: Justinian, from Buildings.
Procopius: Description of Hagia Sophia from De Aedificiis. See also Catholic Encyclopedia: Byzantine Architecture
Paul the Silentiary: Description of Hagia Sophia from Descriptio S. Sophiae .
Procopius: The Reconquest of Africa, 534, from On the Wars IV:9.
A description of Belisarius' triumph, with Gelimer, King of the Vandal's in tow.
Procopius: The Roman Silk Industry, c. 550, from On the Wars
Justinian I (b.483- r.527-d.565): Dialogue with Paul of Nisibis, translated by Dr. Jeffrey Macdonald, 1998 [At Pachomius]
Justinian's "dialogue" with a Nestorian.
The Corpus Juris Civilis

1. [Tierney 12] Corpus Iuris Civilis [selections]
2. Corpus Iuris Civilis: Institutes, 535, very extensive selections, in English.
3. Corpus Iuris Civilis: Institutes, Books 1-IV, [in Latin][At GMU]
4. Corpus Iuris Civilis: Digest: D. 1.1.1 Ulp 1 inst. [In Latin] [At Roman Law Page]
5. Corpus Iuris Civilis: Roman Law Texts [In Latin] [At Roman Law Page]
A selection of medium length excerpts from, among others, the Corpus Iuris Civilis
6. Corpus Iuris Civilis: The Digest and Codex on Marriage
7. Codex Justinianus: Protection of Freewomen Married to Servile Husbands, c. 530 [Vll.24.i.]
8. Codex Justinianus: Return of Fugitive Slaves & Coloni, c. 530 [Xl.48.xii.]
9. Codex Justinianus: Application of Patria Potestas to the Coloni, c. 530 [Xl.48.xiii]
10. Codex Justinianus: Children of the Unfree, c. 530 [Xl.48.xxi.]
11. Codex Justinianus: Protection of Freemen and Coloni, c. 530 [Xl.48.xxii.]
12. Codex Justinianus: Children of Mixed Marriages, c. 530 [Xl.48.xxiv.]
13. Codex Justinianus: Coloni Bound to the Soil, c. 530 [Xl.51.i]
14. Justinian I (b.483- r.527-d.565): Novel 137: Regulating Church Ritual.
15. Justinian I (b.483- r.527-d.565): Novel 77, [538 CE] and Novel 141, [544 CE], [At PWH]
Includes texts of earlier Roman legislation on homosexuality.
16. Justinian (b.483- r.527-d.565): Novella 146: On Jews


The Divine Liturgy of John Chrysostom as used in Orthodox Churches.
Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom , in form used by Eastern Catholic churches. [At UMD]
The Liturgy of the Assyrian Rite.
See also Catholic Encyclopedia: Assyrian Rite
The Akathistos Hymn.

John Moschos: An Angel Story from the Spiritual Meadow .
John Klimakos: On Talkativeness, from the Ladder of Ascent. [At Gregory Palamas Page]
Theodore of Studium (d.826): Twenty-Seventh Discourse.
Theodore of Studium (d.826): Sixty First Discourse.
Theodore of Studium (d.826): Catechesis on the Nativity, [Catechesis 32]. [At Anastasis]
Theodore of Studium (d.826): Selected Poems, with the Letter to Casia.
Theodore of Studium (d.826): Reform Rules. See also Catholic Encyclopedia: Studion
Theodore of Studium (d.826): Two Letters from Exile [Letters Book II: 38 and 156]. [At Anastasis]
Hesychasm: Selected Readings

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