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The Creation of the Ius CommuneFrom Casus to Regula$
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John W. Cairns and Paul J. du Plessis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638970

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638970.001.0001

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Ius Quaerens Intellectum: The Method of the Medieval Civilians

Ius Quaerens Intellectum: The Method of the Medieval Civilians

(p.77) 3 Ius Quaerens Intellectum: The Method of the Medieval Civilians
The Creation of the Ius Commune

James Gordley

Edinburgh University Press

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

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