Justiniana Prima: An Underestimated Aspect of Justinian’s Church Policy

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Wydawnictwo UJ, Nov 21, 2016 - Byzantine Empire - 272 pages

The book explores the history of Justiniana Prima, a city built by Emperor Justinian I (527-565) in his birthplace near Ni in present-day Serbia. Previous studies focused on determining the city's location, underestimating the significance of analyzing written sources for the reconstruction of this city's genesis and importance. Using information from Emperor Justinian's Novels XI and CXXXI, as well as Book IV of Procopius of Caesarea's De aedificiis, Stanislaw Turlej endeavors to show that Justiniana Prima's historic significance resulted from granting its Church the status of an archbishopric with its own province in 535, which was independent of Rome. Justinian wanted to introduce profound changes to the ecclesiastical organization based on state law.

 

 

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Contents

Abbreviations
7
The main literature on Justiniana Prima
23
An analysis of Novels XI and CXXXI
47
The legal aspect of establishing the archbishopric
71
The preparation of Novel XI as an imperial document
78
An analysis of Procopius of Caesareas account
87
The history of Aquis in Justinians times
125
The circumstances surrounding the establishment
135
The historical background of the establishment
174
The history of Justiniana Prima after 535
193
Bibliography
211
Index of persons
237
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Stanislaw Turlej is an assistant professor in the Institute of History at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He is the author and editor of numerous published works, including the book The Chronicle of Monemvasia: The Migration of the Slavs and Church Conflicts in the Byzantine Source from the Beginning of the 9th Century (2001).

 

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