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The Novels of the Emperor Justinian

Peter Sarris, University of Cambridge, Summer Fellow 2014–2015

The purpose of my summer fellowship was to use the excellent holdings of the Dumbarton Oaks library in Roman and Byzantine law to help me prepare the introduction and commentary to my annotated translation of the “Novels” of the emperor Justinian, i.e., the 168 constitutions issued by him as well as Justin II and Tiberius II between AD 535 and ca. 575, along with thirteen associated edicts and other appended legal texts. While at Dumbarton Oaks, I researched and wrote the introduction and made headway with the commentary. I also completed another project, finally writing up my book Byzantium: A Very Short Introduction for Oxford University Press. The “Novels” translation will be published by Cambridge University Press in due course.