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Antike und Byzanz als historisches Erbe in Südosteuropa vom 19.–21. Jahrhundert

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Edited By Hans-Christian Maner and Ioannis Zelepos

Der Sammelband enthält Beiträge internationaler Experten aus verschiedenen Fachdisziplinen zur Wahrnehmung von Antike und Byzanz als historischem Erbe in Südosteuropa vom 19. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart. Die Fallbeispiele reichen von Bosnien-Herzegowina bis zur Türkei. Die Autoren untersuchen Medialisierungen von Vergangenheit in komparativer Perspektive im Hinblick auf wissenschaftliche Diskurse sowie auf politische und ideologische Indienstnahmen unter besonderer Berücksichtigung jüngster und gegenwärtiger Entwicklungen. Ihre differenzierten Einzelanalysen liefern somit ein wertvolles Kompendium zum aktuellen Thema «Public History» in der Region.

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Perspectives on the Byzantine Law and its Reception in the Romanian Principalities

Perspectives on the Byzantine Law and its Reception in the Romanian Principalities

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Alina Frunză

The present study analyzes the reception and the role of the Byzantine law as seen by the Romanian historians and jurists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The main reference point of our research consists in depicting the points of view concerning the relation between reception and application of the Byzantine law in the Romanian Principalities.

This paper aims to make some short considerations regarding the reception of the Byzantine law in the Romanian Principalities1 and the perception of the Romanian historiography of the 20th–21st centuries.

In Romanian historiography, the Byzantine influence was hardly acknowledged at the beginning of the 20th century. Until then, the historians wiped out or rejected the link between Romanian territories and the Byzantine Empire, an attitude explicable by the revolutionary visions in the first half of the 19th century, but also by the spreading of the Enlightenment tradition in Romanian territories. In concrete terms, the modernization of the Romanian society went along a completely different orientation, as opposed to the traditional one. The Romanians abandoned Byzantine models and moved towards Western Europe.

The recovery of this legacy at the beginning of 20th century was, first of all, a political and spiritual one (political in view of the Byzantine influence in the administration and in the way that Romanian princes were exercising their power; spiritual, of course, due to the Orthodox Church). Thereby, the most important discussions concerned the Byzantine juridical influence. Romanian historians accepted...

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