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by Archaeology Newsroom

The erotic life of the Byzantines as evidenced by their penal code

The provisions of the penal code represent one of the best sources of information for comprehending the social conditions in a specific place and time as well as throughout the history of mankind. The sphere of moral crimes is of special significance, because it reveals the established social ethics as well as the boundaries between Law and Ethics. This article refers to the acts that according to the Byzantine legislator’s point of view transgressed contemporary social ethics.