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    Sixth Century Codex of Justinian

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    In eight pages this paper examines the Codex of the Emperor Justinian in terms of its various principles, social regulation, and Roman (and Western) law foundation. Seven sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    to the whims of each individual to handle on his own was now a product of fair and sensible legal procedure, with Justinian representing the instrumental force behind the eventual  cohesiveness that encompassed these monumental changes. It can readily be argued that there was, indeed, a great need for such a show of order, in that there existed no  modicum of conformity when it came to the legal process. As the principles of Justinians Codex continued to be established, they also became an integral component of ancient societies,  ultimately impacting the very foundation of Roman law. "From the 12 Tables of 451 BC to the million words of the Emperor Justinians Codex of AD 528-534, Roman Law  evolved over a thousand year period" (Crime and Punishment in the Ancient World). II. THE PRINCIPLES OF JUSTINIANS CODEX AND ROMAN LAW Known as the code of civil laws,  Justinians Codex was instrumental in re-establishing the necessary means by which to conduct a cultured and humanized society, inasmuch as the Roman period brought with it a time of strife  when it came to the legal connotation and what it was supposed to represent. Indeed, the Romans were at a crossroads with regard to the constant oppression of overtaxation;  in their attempts to "escape from the burdens" (Hanson PG) of unfair economic obligation, it was clear that they did not appreciate the laws that were subsequently to the origination  of Greek judicature. Another aspect of taxation laws that were not enthusiastically embraced was the fact that any persons who fell short of owning up to their personal tax  debts became the responsibility of the tax collector. After time, those taxes that still remained in arrears were calculated and distributed to all who still had their own late 

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