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The Codex of Justinian

The Codex of Justinian
A New Annotated Translation, with Parallel Latin and Greek Text
3 Volume Hardback Set


Timothy Kearley, Bruce W. Frier, Simon Corcoran, John Noël Dillon, Serena Connolly, Dennis P. Kehoe, Thomas A. J. McGinn, Michael Crawford, Benet Salway, Noel Lenski, Charles F. Pazdernik
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  • Date Published: September 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9780521196826

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  • The Codex of Justinian is, together with the Digest, the core of the great Byzantine compilation of Roman law called the Corpus Iuris Civilis. The Codex compiles legal proclamations issued by Roman emperors from the second to the sixth centuries CE. Its influence on subsequent legal development in the medieval and early modern world has been almost incalculable. But the Codex has not, until now, been credibly translated into English. This translation, with a facing Latin and Greek text (from Paul Krüger's ninth edition of the Codex), is based on one made by Justice Fred H. Blume in the 1920s, but left unpublished for almost a century. It is accompanied by introductions explaining the background of the translation, a bibliography and glossary, and notes that help in understanding the text. Anyone with an interest in the Codex, whether an interested novice or a professional historian, will find ample assistance here.

    • The first authoritative English translation of the Codex of Justinian, one of the central documents of the Western legal tradition
    • Provides explanatory material through extensive introductions, a glossary, and thorough annotation, making it easier to understand the often arcane details of Roman private and administrative law
    • Provides facing Latin and Greek texts for the benefit of expert scholars
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The Codex Justinianus, a collection selected in the sixth century AD from thousands of responses to enquiries made by the imperial legal secretariat, is an unrivalled source for the actual lives and concerns of Roman citizens all over the Empire, and the changing policies of their rulers, over half a millennium. A team of ancient historians and academic lawyers has now produced an accurate and comprehensible English translation, based on that made by the late Justice Fred H. Blume almost a century ago, and with a facing Latin and Greek text. There are several valuable extra features, especially a glossary explaining Latin legal terms, footnotes … explaining the relevant legal rules and procedures … [and] copious provision of cross-references to related passages in the CJ and other major Roman legal writings. Ancient historians and legal historians alike have cause to be grateful to the compilers. This is the edition on which, from now on, they may confidently rely.' Jane F. Gardner, Emeritus Professor of Ancient History, University of Reading

    'With this annotated translation, we finally possess a complete and reliable version, in English, of one of the monuments of Roman law. The editors and translators (not to mention the ghost of Fred Blume) are owed a profound thanks for this important service to anyone interested in the history of the world's most influential legal system. The Codex is an unparalleled source of Roman law in action and often shows us how the rules were brought to bear on the real problems encountered by the inhabitants of the empire. This translation will be an aid to any student of law and life in the Roman world.' Kyle Harper, Senior Vice President and Provost, and Professor of Classics and Letters, University of Oklahoma

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2016
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9780521196826
    • length: 2963 pages
    • dimensions: 238 x 173 x 192 mm
    • weight: 5.81kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Justice Fred H. Blume and the translation of Justinian's Codex Timothy Kearley
    Revising Justice Blume's translation of Justinian's Codex Bruce W. Frier
    The Codex of Justinian: the life of a text through fifteen hundred years Simon Corcoran
    The Codex of Justinian: text and translation: the introductory constitutions John Noël Dillon and Bruce W. Frier
    First book John Noël Dillon
    Second book Bruce W. Frier
    Third book Serena Connolly. Volume 2: Fourth book Dennis P. Kehoe
    Fifth book Thomas A. J. McGinn
    Sixth book Simon Corcoran, Michael Crawford, Benet Salway, Bruce W. Frier, Dennis P. Kehoe and Thomas A. J. McGinn
    Seventh book Noel Lenski. Volume 3: Eighth book Bruce W. Frier
    Ninth book Thomas A. J. McGinn
    Tenth book Dennis P. Kehoe
    Eleventh book Dennis P. Kehoe
    Twelfth book Charles F. Pazdernik
    Glossary of Roman law terms
    Constitutions listed in chronological order.

  • Translator

    Fred H. Blume
    Fred H. Blume was appointed to the Wyoming Supreme Court in 1921 and retired from the bench in 1962 as a greatly honored jurist. He began his translation of the Codex of Justinian in 1919, a labor with which he continued for much of his life.

    General Editor

    Bruce W. Frier, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Bruce W. Frier is the John and Teresa D'Arms Distinguished University Professor of Classics and Roman Law at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author of numerous books and articles on economic and social history, focusing especially on Roman law. His publications include Landlords and Tenants in Imperial Rome (1980), The Rise of the Roman Jurists (1985), A Casebook on the Roman Law of Delict (1989), A Casebook on Roman Family Law (2003) and The Modern Law of Contracts, now in its third edition (2012) and written with Michigan Law School colleague J. J. White.


    Timothy Kearley, Bruce W. Frier, Simon Corcoran, John Noël Dillon, Serena Connolly, Dennis P. Kehoe, Thomas A. J. McGinn, Michael Crawford, Benet Salway, Noel Lenski, Charles F. Pazdernik

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