Commentary on Justinian's Institutes

Scope and Content

An anonymous commentary on Justinian's Instituta, Books Lib. I.1-II.17 and III.23-25, 276 folios. The versos are blank. Inside the front cover is a 19th century insertion, 'Loddington' (there is a similar inscription in MS.Add.5950).

Administrative / Biographical History

Justinian I (483?-565) was born in Illyricum, the nephew of Justin I (ruled 518-527). He became the dominant power in the state during Justin's reign, becoming consul, general-in-chief, and finally, in 527, Roman emperor. Justinian's reign witnessed a long conflict with the Persians and the reconquest of nearly the entire Mediterranean empire once held by Rome. Justinian instigated the codification of Roman laws and the production of the Institutes, a summary of laws. He also carried out extensive building work throughout his domains, notably the Hagia Sophia at Constantinople. He died in 565, and was succeeded by his nephew Justin II.

The 'Loddington' in the front cover of the volume may refer to William Loddington (d. 1857), M.A.; B.D.; fellow of Clare College, Cambridge.

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Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by E. Atkinson, 1915.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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