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Paul J. du Plessis and John W. Cairns

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474408851

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408851.001.0001

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Humanist Philology and the Text of Justinian’s Digest

Humanist Philology and the Text of Justinian’s Digest

(p.41) 2 Humanist Philology and the Text of Justinian’s Digest
Reassessing Legal Humanism and its Claims

Douglas J Osler

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the character of humanist philology and its effect on the editing of Justinian's Digest in the first half of the 16th century. It concentrates particularly on the work of the two leading legal humanists of the period, Gulielmus Budaeus (1468-1540) and Andreas Alciatus (1492-1550). After an analysis of their philological publications, it will turn to look at the influence these had on the Digest text itself. The editions of Blaublommius, Stephanus and Haloander will come under scrutiny. The chapter seeks to answer the question whether humanist philology resulted in increasingly accurate legal texts in the period before the publication of Taurellus' edition in 1553.

Keywords:   Roman law, humanism, scholasticism, contract law, laesio enormis

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