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The Würzburg fragment of Justinian’s constitutions for the administration of recovered Africa

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Simon Corcoran


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This article publishes one of two surviving folios of an 11th century manuscript of the Justinian Code (Würzburg Universitätsbibliothek M.p.j.f.m.2), which represents a southern Italian tradition of copying intact Codes, soon to be abandoned. The folio is the earliest known witness to the text of Justinian’s constitutions re-establishing Roman rule in Africa (CJ 1, 27, 1-2). It provides the fullest evidence for the subscript of CJ 1, 27, 1, showing that its date of issue was 1st April 534. For one textual crux, the correct identification of the seven provinces of the new prefecture, the manuscript provides only indirect evidence. However, the author here argues that there were separate provinces of Zeugitana and Carthage, but only a single province of Mauretania (Caesariensis). The manuscript often confirms Krüger’s editorial choices for his CJ editions (1877). In particular, it is remarkably accurate in its transmission of the numerals in the notitia of civil offices and salaries. However, some confused passages, mirrored also in the other witnesses, show that the textual tradition must have been corrupted at an early date. The article ends by providing a transcription of the folio with an apparatus criticus and an English translation.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Corcoran S

Editor(s): Freu C; Janniard S; Ripoll A;

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Libera curiositas. Mélanges d'histoire romaine et d'Antiquité tardive offerts à Jean-Michel Carrié

Year: 2016

Volume: 31

Pages: 97-114

Print publication date: 01/10/2016

Acceptance date: 01/05/2014

Series Title: Bibliothèque de l'Antiquité Tardive

Publisher: Brepols

Place Published: Turnhout


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ISBN: 9782503566757