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Du Plessis: Borkowski's Textbook on Roman Law 5e

Latin texts

When I first became involved in Borkowski?s Textbook, it was not easy to locate original Latin texts from the Corpus Iuris Civilis online. I am happy to report that matters have moved along considerably since then. A very useful free tool has now become available to trace Roman-law texts.

The tool in question is a downloadable programme called amanuensis created by Dr. Riedlberger. It can be downloaded from his website: http://www.riedlberger.de/amanuensis/ It is completely free and utilises the text of the old BIA database ? based on the Mommsen edition. There is also a version for tablet and smartphone that may be downloaded for free from your service platform [e.g. ITunes]. It is a marvellous piece of software that permits one to search for Digest texts using their location or keywords. [Please note that principium should be searched using the symbol 0 = D.1.2.2pr = D.1.2.2.0].

Original Latin and Greek texts of literary sources from antiquity may be obtained from the website of the Latin Library mentioned elsewhere on this site.

  • Chapter 2 (PDF, Size: 77KB)
    • The sources of Roman law
  • Chapter 3 (PDF, Size: 11KB)
    • Roman litigation
  • Chapter 4 (PDF, Size: 20KB)
    • Status, slavery, and citizenship
  • Chapter 5 (PDF, Size: 85KB)
    • The Roman family
  • Chapter 6 (PDF, Size: 26KB)
    • Interests in property
  • Chapter 7 (PDF, Size: 27KB)
    • Acquiring ownership
  • Chapter 8 (PDF, Size: 30KB)
    • Inheritance
  • Chapter 9 (PDF, Size: 120KB)
    • Obligations: general principles and obligations arising from contracts
  • Chapter 10 (PDF, Size: 77KB)
    • Obligations arising from delict