The purpose of this site is to collect and publish corrections to the English translation of Justinian's Digest edited by Alan Watson, which to date has appeared in two editions:
A. Watson (ed.), The Digest of Justinian [with Latin text edd. T. Mommsen and P. Krüger] (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1985), 4 vols. ISBN 0-8122-7945-X.
A. Watson (ed.), The Digest of Justinian [revised English-language edition] (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998), 2 vols. ISBN 0-8122-1636-9.
Users of this site may (1) examine proposed translations and comments, and (2) submit their own translations or comments. It is hoped this site will provide an efficient means to improve the present translation and discuss aspects of translating the Digest into English.
Note: A small number of the corrections listed here have been noted in the second edition. These corrections are identified on these pages. Because in many instances these corrections offer translations that differ from those given in the second edition, they will continue to appear here.
The information provided at this site consists of
— Proposed translations to replace those of the Pennsylvania Digest.
— Comments on those translations.
— Cross-references to other Digest texts, where appropriate.
Translations and comments are invited for any text for which it is felt the translation of the Watson Digest is wanting. A difference of opinion may not rise to the level of error, but may nevertheless be valuable.
This contains a listing of corrections available thus far, following the order of the Digest.
This page gives information on the conventions followed in editing contributions, and on copyright matters.
This page was last updated on 2 August 2011. The Digest of Justinian is published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Copyright © 1985, 1998 by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Some of the material appearing on these pages previously appeared elsewhere, and is reproduced by permission: The Cambridge Law Journal (Copyright © 1987 by the Cambridge Law Journal and Contributors), The Stanford Law Review (Copyright © 1987 by the Board and Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University), and The Law Quarterly Review (Copyright © 1987 by Sweet & Maxwell).