Justinian's Code

Justinian's Code

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  • The Byzantine emperor Justinian wished to compile a code of laws and preserve the ways of ancient Rome; however, he hadn't the slightest idea how to go about doing so.
  • Justinian went to the royal wizard Gustav to seek advice. The wizard told him that the laws of ancient Rome were guarded by a terrible dragon.
  • Corpus Juris Civilis
  • And so Justinian donned his suit of armor, picked up his sword, and set off on a quest to slay the dragon.
  • The dragon was fierce and strong, and the two fought for hours. Finally, emperor Justinian was able to defeat the beast.
  • Justinian gathered the laws of ancient Rome and returned home. He then organized and revised them, naming the finished product "Corpus Juris Civilis", meaning "Body of Civil Law".
  • Justinian's Code had a large influence. Leaders in Western Europe modeled their laws after those of emperor Justinian. His code even played a role in the creation of modern-day international law.
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