The Distribution of Authors and Works to the Committees

Tony Honoré

in Justinian's Digest: Character and Compilation

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199593309
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725166 | DOI:
The Distribution of Authors and Works to the Committees

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This chapter addresses a set of related problems about the compilation of Justinian's Digest. It shows that the distribution by Tribonian of authors and works to the three Digest masses, and the consolidation of four-fifths or more of the books in groups within the masses formed part of a coherent and sophisticated scheme. The scheme was designed to ensure that the best texts were selected for inclusion in the Digest and that the work proceeded quickly, thus giving effect to the instruction in C. Deo Auctore 14 to the commissioners charged with the Digest project: tam suptili quam celerrimo fini trader.

Keywords: Justinian; Digest; Corpus Iuris Civilis; Tribinian; compilation; text selection

Chapter.  15516 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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