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Lewis E M 26:1 Corpus iuris civilis (Corpus of Civil Law)
TitleCorpus iuris civilis (Corpus of Civil Law)
- Council on Library and Information Resources
Call numberLewis E M 26:1
(Philadelphia, United States, Free Library of Philadelphia, John Frederick Lewis Collection of European Manuscripts)
PublisherFree Library of Philadelphia
- Court scene
- This miniature prefaces Book 37 of a fifty-book collection of Roman laws known as the Digest, the first of three parts of the Corpus iuris civilis (Corpus of Civil Law) compiled by the legal scholar Tiborian under the orders of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian (r. 527-565 A.D). Tiborian collected and organized the existing body of classical and current law into a coherent collection of legal doctrine. Book 37 of the Digest discusses legal rights concerning inherited property. Although the Roman Empire had failed in the West, its customs and laws were maintained to a certain degree in Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. In the twelfth century, Justinian's Corpus passed into the Christian West where it became the foundation for European civil law.
- This cutting can be dated between 1270 and 1280.
Extent82 x 113 mm
- 13th century
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