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Harmenopoulos, Constantine

The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
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Harmenopoulos, Constantine, 

14th-C. jurist.

Harmenopoulos (Ἁρμενόπουλος) signed a document of 1345 (Chil. 134) as sebastos and judge of Thessalonike; by 1349 he was also a nomophylax, after 1359 krites katholikos. He compiled a “corpus” of secular and canon law. Secular law is represented by the Hexabiblos (Six Books), also called the Procheiron nomon (Handbook of the Laws), of 1345. This compilation grew out of the Procheiron but adds excerpts from the Synopsis Basilicorum, the law book of Michael Attaleiates, the Synopsis minor, the Peira, and the work of Julian of Askalon. Harmenopoulos organized the legal material into a new system, which made it easier to use and thus enormously popular; it is transmitted in almost 70 MSS. In practice it served as a law code (in Greece into the 20th C.) and was adopted in several Slavic countries. Attached to the Hexabiblos as a regular component is the Farmer's Law, presumably reorganized by Harmenopoulos (I. Medvedev in VizOč [Moscow 1982] 216–33).

Canon law is represented by the Epitome canonum of Harmenopoulos, which contains a selection of canons with commentaries (PG 150:45–168), a confession of faith (PG 150:29–32), and a treatise on heresies (19–29). Some shorter works of Harmenopoulos are also transmitted (lexika, an enkomion on St. Demetrios).


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