This page gives information about either events, publications or other news relevant to the Projet Volterra I and II.
March 2012: A formal launch event is held in the Senate House, London, to celebrate the publication of Michael Crawford's definitive collection of Italic inscriptions in the three volumes of Imagines Italicae (Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies supplement 110, London, 2011).
February 2012: The Volterra Lecture: the first Volterra lecture, entitled"The recovery and use of Justinian's Code in eleventh-century Italy", is given by Professor Charles Radding (Michigan State University) on 29th February 2012 in the Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, London.
February 2012: Simon Corcoran gives a paper, entitled "The joys and frustrations of incomplete jigsaw puzzles: recent work on Roman legal manuscripts", at the Ancient History Research Seminar, Cardiff University.
January 2012: Publication of the 2008 Byzantine Colloquium, edited by Alice Rio as Law, Custom, and Justice in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (Centre for Hellenic Studies: London, 2011) and containing the following papers:
Caroline Humfress, Law and custom under Rome
Peter Sarris, Law and custom in the Byzantine countryside from Justinian I to Basil II (c. 500-1000)
Rosemary Morris, Communal legal activity in the Athos region in the tenth century
Simon Corcoran, Observations on the Sasanian Law-Book in the light of Roman legal writing
Peter Heather, Law and society in the Burgundian kingdom
Matthew Innes, Charlemagne, justice and written law
October 2011: Simon Corcoran and Michael Crawford both contribute papers for the Festschrift in honour of Professor Detlef Liebs (Freiburg) for his 75th birthday (Römische Jurisprudenz - Dogmatik, Überlieferung, Rezeption, edited K. Muscheler, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin).
October 2011: It is announced that the first Volterra lecture (within the latest phase of the project) is to be given by Professor Charles Radding (Michigan State University) on 29th February 2012 in the Senate House, London, on the subject of the Justinian Code in eleventh-century Italy.
June 2011: Simon Corcoran gives a plenary lecture at the Shifting Frontiers IX conference, Penn State University, on the Gregorian Code and the Fragmenta Londiniensia (noted in Journal of Late Antiquity 4 (2011) p. 183).
January 2011: Projet Volterra II succeeds in a bid for a further tranche of funding from the AHRC. The new phase of the project will run for five years to the end of 2015. Carrying on chronologically from the first phase, which went up to the ninth century, this phase will study the survival of Roman law from the Carolingian period down to the Roman law 'revival' (c.800-1100).
December 2010: Simon Corcoran gives a presentation on the Fragmenta Londiniensia at the conference "Palaeography and Post-palaeography: Manuscripts from the First to the Twenty-First Century", Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London. This also includes discussion of his identification of a Greek fragment associated with the London Fragments as coming from the Testamentum Domini, an early Christian "Church Order" work, which does not otherwise survive in Greek and is known principally in a Syriac translation of the seventh century.
December 2010: Simon Corcoran publishes in the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies an article on Murison's engagement with the editions and manuscripts of Theophilus's Greek paraphrasis of Justinian's Institutes.
November 2010: The first tranche of the Breviary of Alaric is made available on-line.
October 2010: Benet Salway and Simon Corcoran give a presentation on the Fragmenta Londiniensia in the Medieval Manuscripts Seminar, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London.
July 2010: The prototype of the Volterra Chartae Latinae Antiquiores database is released. This covers the two volumes for Great Britain (III and IV).
July 2010: The third Volterra Colloquium, entitled "The Imprint of Roman law in Lombard and Carolingian Italy" was held at UCL on 9-10 July, 2010. This included a Codex Gregorianus workshop on the Fragmenta Londiniensia conducted by Benet Salway and Simon Corcoran (10 July).
June 2010: Announcement of the programme for the third Volterra Colloquium, entitled "The Imprint of Roman law in Lombard and Carolingian Italy" to be held at UCL on 9-10 July, 2010.
May 2010: Benet Salway and Simon Corcoran give a presentation on the Fragmenta Londiniensia in the Dept. of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Manchester.
March 2010: Benet Salway and Simon Corcoran give a preliminary presentation on the Fragmenta Londiniensia in the Dept. of History, UCL.
February 2010: Preliminary announcement and call for papers for the third Volterra II colloquium, on law in early mediaeval Italy, to be held at UCL on 9-10 July 2010.
January 2010: A.F. Murison's translation of Theophilus is published as part of the new edition by Professor Jan Lokin and his team at Groningen under the title Theophili Antecessoris Paraphrasis Institutionum (reviewed by Simon Corcoran in Journal of Roman Studies 101 ).
January 2010: A press-release is issued by both UCL and the AHRC, formally announcing the identification of the Gregorian Code in the London fragments. The AHRC also records a podcast of the Volterra team discussing the project and the discovery. The story is carried by various newspapers, including The Guardian, The Independent, and London Evening Standard. The story is widely disseminated across the internet.
December 2009: The Volterra team identifies part of a pre-Justinian legal work, very probably the Codex Gregorianus (of which no other direct manuscript witnesses survive), preserved in some parchment fragments (the London Fragments = Fragmenta Londiniensia) datable to the period AD400-500.
November/December 2009: Simon Corcoran publishes twin articles on the two Justinian Code editions in the Journal of Juristic Papyrology 38 (2008) and the Journal of Late Antiquity 2 (2009).
November 2009: The proceedings of two events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the death of Edoardo Volterra, held at the École Française de Rome (Oct. 2004) and Mondragone (Oct. 2005), were published in the Bullettino dell'Istituto di Diritto Romano 3rd ser. 42-43 (2000-2001 ) pp. 735-829.
October 2009: Simon Corcoran represented the Projet Volterra at the second Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age (Philadelphia, 30-31 October), making a presentation about the project and taking part in a panel discussion.
October 2009: Simon Corcoran represented the Projet Volterra at the "Editing the Laws of Medieval England" workshop at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London (24 October 2009), as part of the Early English Laws Project, which covers the period up to 1215.
September 2009: The first and third Journées d’Etude of the French Theodosian Code translation project have now been published as follows:
S. Crogiez-Pétrequin, P. Jaillette and O. Huck (eds.), Le Code Théodosien : diversité des approches et nouvelles perspectives (Collection de l'École française de Rome 412; Rome 2009)
J.-J. Aubert and Ph. Blanchard (eds.), Droit, religion et société dans le Code Théodosien: Troisièmes Journées d’Etude sur le Code Théodosien, Neuchâtel, 15-17 février 2007 (Geneva 2009)
September 2009: The addition of a brief account of the work of A.F. Murison (Professor of Roman Law, UCL, 1883-1925) on the Paraphrasis Institutionum of the antecessor Theophilus, together with a description of Murison's research papers held in the UCL archives.
August 2009: Publication by Simon Corcoran in the Zeitschrift der Savigny Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte: romanistische Abteilung 126 (2009) of two folios from a XI C. manuscript of the Justinian Code in the Biblioteca Vallicelliana, Rome, as also of details from two other unpublished XI C. Justinian Code fragments.
July 2009: Further on-line texts are made available: the Dictatum de Consiliariis and the Collectio de Tutoribus from the corpus of material relating to Julian the antecessor; the Fragmenta Gaudenziana; and the Lectio legum.
June/July 2009: The Projet Volterra was represented at the colloquium « Codifications et reformes dans l’empire tardif et les royaumes barbares », held in the École française de Rome (30 June to 1 July 2009), where Simon Corcoran gave a paper on the Gregorianus and Hermogenianus, and Benet Salway, unable to attend in person, sent a paper on the Theodosianus for vicarious delivery. The event included a visit to the Volterra collection in the library of the École française in the Palazzo Farnese.
February/March 2009: Simon Corcoran gives papers on the two ancient editions of the Justinian Code at Manchester, London (Department of Laws, UCL), and Edinburgh.
January 2009: Publication of the previously unnoticed heading to Diocletian's Prices Edict at Stratonicea (Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 166 (2008) pp. 295-302), identified by Ulrike Roth and Michael Crawford, and written up by Simon Corcoran. The heading reads simply: E(xemplum) S(acrarum) L(itterarum).
October 2008: The database created by Projet Volterra I was one of three such sets of ancient data used as part of the sixth-month LaQuAT (Linking and Querying Ancient Texts) project, a collaboration between the Centre for e-Research, King's College, London and the EPCC, University of Edinburgh, which ran from October 2008 to March 2009. It aimed to see how OGSA-DAI could provided uniform access to distributed heterogeneous databases of ancient texts and allows queries to be run over these, as if they were a single database. A demonstration of the results is available.
September 2008: Projet Volterra II Colloquium 2 was held at University College London on Monday 15 September and Tuesday 16 September 2008, in the History Department. The themes were 'Authorities and Subjects' and 'Manuals and Jurisprudence'. Speakers were Professors Santiago Castellanos, Michael Crawford, Gero Dolezalek, Wolfgang Kaiser, Dario Mantovani, and Drs Simon Corcoran, Magnus Ryan and Benet Salway.
May 2008: Call for papers for the Projet Volterra II Colloquium 2 to be held at University College London on the 15-16 September 2008.
April 2008: Identification of a new Bulgarian copy of Licinius's letter on military privileges.
November 2007: Three papers from Projet Volterra I Colloquium 3 held at the Senate House, University of London, in March 2004, together with a general introduction to the Projet Volterra, were published in the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 49 (2006) pp. 214-254.
September 2007: Projet Volterra II Colloquium 1 was held at University College London on 10 September 2007, in the History Department. The theme was 'The normative texts of Roman Law in the early Middle Ages'. The speakers were Professors Bernard Stolte and Michael Crawford, and Drs Lorena Atzeri and Simon Corcoran.
July 2007: Publication of the identification by Simon Corcoran of a papyrus fragment as part of Justinian, Novel 62.
Last edited: SJJC 6 March 2012