<i>Ius Quaerens Intellectum</i>: The Method of the Medieval Civilians

James Gordley

in The Creation of the Ius Commune

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638970
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651481 | DOI:
Ius Quaerens Intellectum: The Method of the Medieval Civilians

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This chapter is about the method of the medieval civilians who expounded Roman law from the twelfth century, when the study of Roman law was revived, through the fourteenth century, when they produced their last great works. Their task, as they conceived it, was to explain the texts compiled by the emperor Justinian in the sixth century and which became known as the Corpus iuris civilis. The largest part of the compilation, the Digest, was made up of short extracts from Roman jurists. Nevertheless, the method of the medieval civilians was unlike that of the Roman jurists.

Keywords: Roman aw; Justinian; Corpus iuris civilis; Digest; Roman jurists

Chapter.  11754 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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