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Codex Theodosianus
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The Codex Theodosianus (Theodosian Code) was a legal compilation issued by the emperor Theodosius II (r. 402–450 CE) in 437 CE and valid in both halves of the empire. It started as a project in 429 CE (Cod. Theod. 1.1.5), intended initially to gather imperial legislation from the reign of Constantine onward into an authoritative collection, after the manner of…

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Corcoran, Simon, “Codex Theodosianus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 28 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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