Hexabiblos of Harmenopulus

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Hexabiblos of Harmenopulus

 

a private codification of Byzantine law, compiled by the supreme judge of Thessalonica, C. Harmenopulus, circa 1345. The Hexabiblos was the last important monument of Byzantine law; it drew on previous codifications, such as the Digest and the nomocanons. The Hexabiblos of Harmenopulus was widely used in Greece during the period of Turkish supremacy (since the Greeks retained special jurisdiction) and after the liberation of the country. The codification was also widely used in Bessarabia. It was divided into six books, each of which dealt with a given topic—legal procedure, real law, liability, inheritance, laws relating to marriage, and criminal law.

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