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The article discusses the legal status and the conditions to practise the profession of the notary, as well as the additional regulatory rules by the central and the local Venetian authorities. The notary is the representative of the written and the customary law, as he undertakes to inform the parties regarding their rights and their responsibilities, together with the penalties they are sentenced to in case of any violation of the agreed. The notary is the person who legalizes records and safeguards various economic and other activities.

For these reasons, the successful choice of the persons that are going to practise the profession of the notary is crucial. The examination of the notaries’ qualifications is done by the local administration officials, who undertake to examine the knowledge and the skills of the candidate notaries, while great importance is given to the candidate’s way of life, their honesty and their morality in general, traits that are assured by their good reputation. Concerning those who already practise the profession, the main criterion for the continuance of the notary is the proper drafting and registration of the contracts in the notary record books based on the relevant regulations.

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In this year… There also arrived the emissaries sent by Karoulos and Pope Leo to the most pious Irene asking her to marry Karoulos and so unite the eastern and western parts.

C. Mango – R. Scott, The Chronicle of Theophanes Confessor, Oxford 1997, p. 654


This “Union” of Byzantine East and Latin West might possibly have been realized, if all had gone well with the betrothal of Empress Irene the Athenian to the Frankish king Charles the Great, which the royal and papal emissaries from the West seem to have attempted to conclude in 802. However, the discussions with these emissaries merely precipitated the overthrow of Irene…

Aik. Christofilopoulou, Byzantine History, v. II1 (610-847), Athens 1984, p. 150