This lesson was designed for an AP World History class, but could be used in any social studies classroom that is studying the Byzantine Empire or law codes throughout history. The zip file includes three Microsoft Word documents (four parts) that can be modified and printed are used during the lesson:
1. Selections from Justinian's Code (four parts)
2. Summary of selected primary sources from Justinian's Code
3. Analysis questions on Justinian's Code (5 questions)
4. Venn diagram comparing Justinian's Code and Code of Hammurabi
The lesson is designed to have students analyze four selections from Justinian's Code related to Justice and the Law, Freedmen, Slaves, and Marriage. For each selection, students are required to summarize the main ideas in their own words. Once completed with the summaries, students respond to five open-ended questions on Justinian's Code and Byzantine society. Finally, students are asked to complete a Venn Diagram that compares the laws included in Justinian's Code with those that were included in the Mesopotamian Code of Hammurabi.