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The Period Of Rediscovery

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This chapter establishes the general outlines of the circulation of Justinian's Corpus from the beginning of the eleventh century, when only the Epitome Juliani could be said to have any appreciable circulation, to the end of the century when all parts of the codification were being read and studied. It first considers the period to mid-century, and then examines the evidence for the three decades between 1050 and 1080. Although the chapter summaries of Justinian’s Code that make up the Summa Perusina probably originated in the late sixth or early seventh centuries, it is only around the year 1000 that one sees them cited. The chapter discusses the last two decades of the eleventh century. The evidence from the third quarter of the eleventh century comes entirely from professional jurists, and leaves little doubt of their central role in turning Justinian’s codification into a field of study.

Keywords: Epitome Juliani; Justinian's Corpus; Summa Perusina



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