Henry John Roby (1830-1915) was a Cambridge-educated classicist whose influential career included periods as a schoolmaster, a Professor of Roman law at University College, London, an educational reformer and a Member of Parliament. First published in 1884, this volume provides an analysis and discussion of Justinian's Digesta, a compendium of second and third century Roman legal writings which forms part of the body of Roman civil law issued under Justinian I in 533 AD. It is considered a fundamental work of Roman jurisprudence. Roby discusses the historical context of the Digesta, compares extracts in other legal sources with the original text and provides the Latin text of De Usufructu (one of the titles from the Digesta) with detailed close textual discussion and analysis. This volume was the first published guide to studying the Digesta and is considered one of Roby's most important contributions to jurisprudence.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Introductory remarks; 2. Justinian's legislation; 3. Division of the digest and order of the titles; 4. Order of extracts in the title; 5. Comparison of extracts with their originals; 6. Introductory to account of jurists; 7. Early jurists; 8. Jurists of Cicero's time; 9. Labeo and the two schools of jurists; 10. Jurists of first half of first century; 11. Jurists of second half of first century; 12. Jurists of first half of second century; 13. Jurists of second half of second century; 14. Papinian, Ulpian, Paul; 15. Latest jurists; 16. Of lawyers' Latin; 17. Authorities for text of Digest; 18. Of the mode of citing the Digest; 19. Books recommended; Appendices; Digest VII I De usufructu et quemadmodum quis utatus fruatur; Commentary on same; Index.