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BASILICA, civil law. This is derived from a Greek word, which signifies imperial constitutions. The emperor Basilius, finding the Corpus Juris Civilis of Justinian too long and obscure, resolved to abridge it, and under his auspices the work proceeded to the fortieth book, which, at his death, remained unfinished. His son and successor, Leo, the philosopher, continued the work, and published it in sixty books, about the year 880. Constantine Porphyro-genitus, younger brother of Leo, revised the work, re-arranged it, and republished it, Anno Domini, 910. From that time the laws of Justinian ceased to have any force in the eastern empire, and the Basilica were the foundation of the law observed there till Constantine XIII, the last of the Greek emperors, under whom, in 1453, Constantinople was taken by Mahomet the Turk, who put an end to the empire and its laws. Histoire de la Jurisprudence Etienne, Intr. a 1'etude du Droit Romain, Sec. LIII. The Basilica were written in Greek. They were translated into Latin by J. Cujas (Cujacius) Professor of Law in the University of Bourges, and published at Lyons, 22d of January, 1566, in one vol. fo.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Dado en Roma, junto a San Pedro, el 9 de noviembre de 2005, aniversario de la dedicacion de la basilica lateranense, primer ano de nuestro pontificado.
High on the facade of the basilica stand four prancing horses, replicas of the original four--now inside the church museum--brought from Constantinople, also in the 13th Century.
Immediately after the funeral the coffin, which could weigh almost half a ton, will be carried through the 'door of death' on the left side of the main altar in the basilica and a single bell will tollThe coffin will be lowered into a marble sarcophagus and covered by a huge stone slab.
In 1870, Bishop Power began a major restoration of the exterior stone of the Basilica. The Galway limestone that was originally used in constructing the main walls and towers was not suitable for the Newfoundland climate, and penetration of water into open joints and subsequent freeze/thaw cycles had caused extensive damage.
In another case readers are shown how the basilica was intended as a counter-monument to a Paris perceived as decadent by the Moral Order or, as Jonas put it, "a monument in dialogic relationship with secular structures." The other outstanding attribute of this book is the style with which it is written.
The turning point came in 1605, when Paul V decided to demolish the remaining basilica and complete the new church, opening the debate about the final form of the building.
The Pope's visit coincided with a Roman Catholic commemoration of the event, and several thousand faithful attended a celebratory papal Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation.
But he says building a mosque next to the basilica can only increase tensions.
Another consistent thread in this book is provided by the manuscript San Pietro B80, the subject of Reynolds's doctoral dissertation and the basilica's only surviving source before 1500.
Meanwhile, undeterred by the controversy swirling about the newly completed, $150 million-plus Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in the Ivory Coast capital of Yamousoukro, thousands of Ivorians came last September by bus, car and on foot from the remotest villages of the West African nation to cheer Pope John Paul 11's consecration of the largest church in all Christendom-a "personal gift" from 85-year-old President Felix Houphouet-Boigny to the Vatican.