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Forum Romanum (joint group between the UvA and the VU for Roman law and European legal history) is organizing a guest lecture on Tuesday 21 January. Students are cordially invited to participate (free of charge).

Event details of The Umbilicus (guest lecture)
Date 21 January 2020
Time 17:00 -19:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw A
Room REC A3.01

Guest speaker is Prof. W.J. Zwalve. Willem Zwalve is emeritus professor of Historical Development of Law at Leiden University. 

Zwalve builds on his article which he wrote together with Prof. Dr. Theo de Vries (University of Twente) for the 'Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis'. Below follows a English summary of this article: 

‘The present article purports to stress the importance of the legal curriculum in the overall compilation process of Justinian’s Digest. The basic hypothesis is that, in composing the Digest, Justinian’s drafting committee based its composition on the arrangement of the legal curriculum as it was before Justinian and as it was about to be changed in the process. The basis of this hypothesis is the division of the Digest into seven partes. It is contended that the basic structure of the first five partes of the Digest was predetermined by the legal curriculum, whereas the last two partes are an ‘Appendix Masse’. It is also contended that the distribution of books over all the seven partes of the Digest is the result of a preconceived formula inspired by the mathematics of Diophantus of Alexandria.’.

The article can be found here: W.J. Zwalve en Th. de Vries, ‘The New Temple. On the origin, nature and composition of the partes Digestorum’, Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis 85 (2017), p. 492-521.


17.00 Welcome with drinks
17.30-18.30 Guest lecture Willem Zalve
18.30-19.00 Discussion

For more information, please contact H. de Jong.

Roeterseilandcampus - gebouw A

Room REC A3.01

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam