Thursday, January 28, 2010

Legal Archaeology

The Independent is reporting (here) that two historians from University College London have unearthed  fragments of the Gregorian Codex, a compilation of Roman Law rules from the reigns of Hadrian (118-138 AD) through Diocletian (284-305 AD) and first published in about 300 AD. The Codex is thought to have influenced the Civil Law systems that govern much of Europe to the present day. Before now, the Gregorian Codex was known to have existed, but only through secondary sources; original copies were thought to have perished. The two UCL historians, Simon Corcoran and Benet Salway, discovered the 17 fragments of the Codex in Istanbul (old Constantinople).

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