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Odofredus' grave at San Francesco church, Bologna, Italy.

Odofredus (died 3 December 1265) was an Italian jurist. He was born in Ostia and moved to Bologna in which studied law under Jacobus Balduinus and Franciscus Accursius. After having practised as an advocate both in Italy and France, he became a law professor at Bologna in 1228. The commentaries on Roman law attributed to him are valuable as showing the growth of the study of law in Italy, and for their biographical details of the jurists of the 12th and 13th centuries. Odofredus died at Bologna in 1265.

Odofredus is famous for the personal remarks with which he sprinkled his teaching, often introduced by Or signori, "Listen, gentlemen". Perhaps his most famous saying is: "Everybody wants to know, but nobody wants to know the price of knowledge".

Under his name appeared the following works, which had already been printed in the late fifteenth century:

  • Lecturae in Codicem (Lyons, 1480)
  • Lecturae in Digestum Vetus (Paris, 1504)
  • Summa de libellis formandis (Strassburg, 1510)
  • Lecturae in Tres Libros (Venice, 1514)
  • Lecturae in Digestum Novum (Lyons, 1552)


Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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