IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 712: The Roman Legal Heritage between Continuity and Reformation, I: Texts and Tradition

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Projet Volterra, University College London
Organiser:R. W. Benet Salway, Department of History, University College London
Moderator/Chair:R. W. Benet Salway, Department of History, University College London
Paper 712-aMedieval Rulers and the Lex Romana around 900
(Language: English)
Magali Coumert, Département d'histoire, Université de Bretagne Occidentale / Institut Universitaire de France, Paris
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 712-bThe Selection and Transmission of Roman Law in the Collectio Britannica
(Language: English)
Michael H. Crawford, Department of History, University College London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 712-cJustinian's Digest and Its Text before the School of Bologna
(Language: English)
Tammo Wallinga, Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam / Faculteit Rechten - Algemeen, Universiteit Antwerpen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

This session discusses the theme of the Roman legal heritage on the cusp of the explosion of interest in and use of Roman law and the Justinianic codification, which led in due course to the establishment of a pre-eminent law school at Bologna and the canonization of the Vulgate text in the 12th century. How and why this happened when and where it did, and what was the nature of the existing legal and intellectual world out of which this could occur are key questions of medieval scholarship. The papers of this session focus specifically the manuscript tradition of the Theodosian and Justinianic collections and their derivatives.