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Editing the Digest

Tony Honoré

in Justinian's Digest: Character and Compilation

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199593309
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725166 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593309.003.0004
Editing the Digest

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In 1973 the author of this book published an essay on the editing of the Digest titles. It aimed to quantify the extent to which in compiling the Digest the editors displaced texts that they received in the order in which they are thought to have been read and excerpted by the three committees appointed for the purpose, commonly known as the Sabinian, Papinian, and edictal committees. That order is called the Bluhme–Krüger or BK order. A further concern was to classify the displacements, and so to distinguish texts moved to form an introduction or code to a title or mass from those displaced within a mass or transferred to another mass. An ancillary aim was to list texts that Krüger had, according to his own criteria, mistakenly treated or failed to treat as displaced in the notes at the beginning of each title of the stereotype edition. This chapter reviews and supplements the essay in view of recent scholarship and fresh thoughts.

Keywords: Justinian; Digest; Corpus Iuris Civilis; editing; compilation; Bluhme–Krüger order

Chapter.  14873 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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