Breviary of Alaric

Breviary of Alaric ă´lərĭk [key], Visigothic code of Roman law issued (506) by King Alaric II for his Roman subjects in Spain and S Gaul. It is also known as the Lex Romana Visigothorum. Based largely on the Theodosian Code and accompanied by valuable commentaries, it was a compilation of contemporary Roman law for the Roman element of the population; the Germanic element was under the authority of the earlier code issued by Euric . Although both codes were later superseded by the Forum judicum of King Recceswinth , the Breviary remained influential in preserving Roman law in the S and E of France. See Germanic laws .

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