Snapshot of History: “Codex of Justinian”

English: Tauresium, an ancient town and the bi...

English: Tauresium, an ancient town and the birthplace of Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Emperor Justinian I, located today in the Republic of Macedonia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceHistoryNews says The law school of Beirut was a centre for the study of Roman law in classical antiquity located in Beirut. It flourished under the patronage of the Roman emperors and functioned as the Roman Empire‘s preeminent center of jurisprudence until its destruction in 551 CE. The earliest written mention of the school dates to 239 CE, when its reputation had already been established. The school attracted young, affluent Roman citizens, and its professors made major contributions to the Codex of Justinian. The school achieved such wide recognition throughout the Empire that Beirut was known as the “Mother of Laws”. Beirut was one of the few schools allowed to continue teaching jurisprudence when Byzantine emperor Justinian I  shut down other provincial law schools. The school’s facilities were destroyed in the aftermath of a massive earthquake that hit the Phoenician coastline. It was moved to Sidon but did not survive the Arab conquest of 635 CE. Ancient texts attest that the school was located next to the ancient Anastasis church, vestiges of which lie beneath the Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Beirut’s historic centre.

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