Lex Romana canonice compta

1. Introduction

The Lex Romana canonice compta (also known as capitula legis Romanae) is only preserved in the codex Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Lat. 12448. This version, however, is not an original of the collection, that is said to have been issued in the last quarter of the 9th century. The Lex, surely originating from northern Italy, combines excerpts from the Epitome Iuliani with Appendix A, the Justinian Code (book 2 to 8) and the Institutiones. A chapter of Lothar’s I. Capitulare Olonnense ecclesiasticum primum from 825, as well as two chapters from the Edictum Theoderici were included. The Lex Romana canonice compta focuses on collecting canon law, but also contains private and criminal law.

2. Edition

Carlo Guido Mor (Ed.), Lex Romana canonice compta (Pubblicazioni della R. Università di Pavia, Facoltá di giurisprudenza 31), Pavia 1927. (Roman law excerpts)


3. Reading recommendations (2000 onwards)

  • Wolfgang Kaiser, Die Epitome Iuliani. Beiträge zum römischen Recht im frühen Mittelalter und zum byzantinischen Rechtsunterricht (Studien zur Europäischen Rechtsgeschichte. Veröffentlichungen des Max-Planck-Instituts für europäische Rechtsgeschichte Frankfurt am Main 175), Frankfurt a.M. 2004.

4. Further resources


5. Manuscripts [1]

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Lat. 12448