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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.

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The construction by some congregations in the early decades of the twentieth century of domed Byzantine-style synagogues with curved seating, rather than seating within an elongated basilican space, represented an attempt to bring all worshipers closer to the bimah, for example.
The church itself with its wide, clerestory-lit nave flanked by narrow aisles is a miniature basilica, with the altar emphasized by a skylight, as was the focus of basilican spaces since Roman times; the confessional and the font are in tiny side niches opening off the aisles.
In the cathedral nave such Temple/Rome modelling as may have obtained was limited and diluted by the dependence of the interior on the standard three-aisled, rib-vaulted, basilican church typology, which the references in question would have overlaid.