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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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Joannes Leunclavius (1541–1594), Civilian and Byzantinist?

Joannes Leunclavius (1541–1594), Civilian and Byzantinist?

(p.194) 8 Joannes Leunclavius (1541–1594), Civilian and Byzantinist?
Reassessing Legal Humanism and its Claims

Bernard Stolte

Edinburgh University Press

As a legal humanist, Joannes Leunclavius (1541-1594) is known for his editions of Byzantine sources, several of them editiones principes, and for his contribution to Ottoman history. This paper explores his rather bold method as an editor, e.g., transforming the Synopsis Basilicorum Maior into the Basilica. In addition, on the basis of his writings and especially the prefaces to his editions, it argues that his preference for Greek and Ottoman sources does not only spring from philological interest or intellectual curiosity. Leunclavius also wishes to provide exempla for the world of his own time: if not always directly applicable, than at least as lighting beacons on the way to a better law and society.

Keywords:   Leunclavius (1541-1594), Byzantine sources, editing, textual criticism, teaching, Synopsis Basilicorum Maior, Collectio Tripartita, Ius Graeco-romanum, Ottoman history, exemplum

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