Simon Corcoran

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Simon J.J. Corcoran
Simon Corcoran 2003.jpg
Simon Corcoran in 2003, Knap of Howar
Alma mater St John's College, Oxford
Occupation Historian
Employer University College London
Known for Roman Law

Simon Corcoran is an ancient historian and senior research fellow at University College, London. He received his D.Phil from St John's College, Oxford in 1992. He was awarded the Henryk Kupiszewski Prize[1] for his book The Empire of the Tetrarchs in 1998.[2]

He is working on 'Projet Volterra',[3] an extensive on-line public database of law (Roman, Germanic or ‘barbarian’, and ecclesiastical) for the period AD193–900.

Corcoran is a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Late Antiquity and has served on the Council of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies.[4][5][6]

Gregorian Code discovery[edit]

In 2010 the Volterra database was used by Corcoran and Salway to identify previously unknown fragments of the Gregorian Code. The "Fragmenta Londiniensia" are seventeen pieces of parchment estimated to date from AD400, the document having been cut up and re-used as book-binding material. This is the first direct evidence yet discovered of the Gregorian Codex.[7][8][9][10][11]

Bibliography of works[edit]


Greed is a motive everyone can understand. Lactantius includes greed and avarice as a notable part of the tetrarchic maladministration practised by Diocletian, Maximian, Galerius, and Maximinus, and indeed the cause of the inflation the edict seeks to curb. Thus it is Diocletian's greed that gives rise to the Prices Edict itself.

— Simon Corcoran, Empire of the Tetrarchs

Selected Publications[edit]

  • Corcoran, Simon (2009), "Anastasius, Justinian, and the Pagans: A Tale of Two Law Codes and a Papyrus", Journal of Late Antiquity, 2.2 (Fall) (2): 183–208, doi:10.1353/jla.0.0049, ISSN 1939-6716 
  • Corcoran, Simon J J (2009), "After Kruger: Observations on some additional or revised Justinian Code headings and subscripts", Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte. Romanistische Abtheilung, 126: H. Böhlau: 423, ISSN 0323-4096, OCLC 440690826 
  • Corcoran, Simon J J (2009), "New subscripts for old rescripts: The Vallicelliana fragments of Justinian Code Book VII", Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte. Romanistische Abtheilung, 126: H. Böhlau: 401, ISSN 0323-4096, OCLC 440690823 
  • Corcoran, Simon (2007), "Two tales, two cities: Antinoopolis and Nottingham", in Drinkwater, John; Salway, Benet, Wolf Liebeschuetz reflected: Essays presented by Colleagues, Friends, and Pupils, BICS Supplement 91, University of London, School of Advanced Study, Institute of Classical Studies, pp. 193–209, ISBN 978-1-905670-04-8 
  • Corcoran, Simon (2006), "The Tetrarchy: policy and image as reflected in imperial pronouncements", in Boschung, Dietrich; Eck, Werner, Die Tetrarchie: Ein neues Regierungssystem und seine mediale Präsentation, ZAKMIRA Schriften 3, Reichert Verlag: Wiesbaden, pp. 31–61, ISBN 3-89500-510-X  Missing |last2= in Editors list (help)
  • Corcoran, Simon (2006), "Emperor and citizen in the era of Constantine", in Hartley, Elizabeth; Hawkes, Jane; Henig, Martin; Mee, Frances, Constantine the Great: York's Roman Emperor, Lund Humphries, pp. 41–51, ISBN 0-85331-928-6, retrieved 4 December 2013 
  • Corcoran, Simon (2006), "Before Constantine", in Lenski, Noel, The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Constantine, Cambridge University Press, pp. 35–58, ISBN 978-0-521-52157-4 
  • Corcoran, Simon (2000), "The sins of the fathers: a neglected constitution of Diocletian on incest", Journal of Legal History, Routledge, 21 (2): 1–34, doi:10.1080/01440362108539607, ISSN 0144-0365, OCLC 199222568 

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  1. ^ Relazione della Commissione giudicatrice del "Quarto premio romanistico internazionale Gérard Boulvert" (PDF) (in Italian), 1998, Il Premio del Centro Romanistico Internazionale “Copanello”, intitolato ad Henryk KUPISZEWSKI e destinato a contribuire alla maggior diffusione del diritto romano, al volume di Simon Corcoran, The Empire of the Tetrarchs, ... avendo formulato su di essa il seguente giudizio: “Importante opera sulla produzione normativa dell'età dioclezianea, che si fa apprezzare per il sapiente uso delle fonti e la chiarezza dell'esposizione” 
  2. ^ "Staff page at UCL". Archived from the original on 2010-11-14. 
  3. ^ Project Volterra, University College London, OCLC 44255728, archived from the original on 2010-11-14, Presents Project Volterra, one of the Research Projects of the British Academy that is based in the History Department of University College London. Explains that the aim of the project is to promote the study of Roman legislation in its full social, political, and legal context. 
  4. ^ "Law and Empire, AD 193–455: The Project Volterra", Athenaeum (in Italian), no. 2: Amministrazione di Athenæum, Università, 91: 725, 2003, ISSN 0004-6574, OCLC 98047545 
  5. ^ Kaiser, Wolfgang (2009), "Project Volterra II (Law and the End of the Empire), Colloquium 2: Authorities and Subjects and Manuals and Jurisprudence, London, UC, 15.-16. September 2008", Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte. Romanistische Abtheilung (in German), 126: H. B̐ưohlau: 682, ISSN 0323-4096, OCLC 440690917 
  6. ^ "Journal of Late Antiquity". The Johns Hopkins University Press. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  7. ^ Pearse, Roger (27 January 2010). "Lost Roman legal text found". Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Lost Roman law code discovered in London (Podcast), Arts and Humanities Research Council, 28 January 2010, retrieved 28 January 2010 
  9. ^ Jack, Malcolm (28 January 2010). "Cracking the codex: Long lost Roman legal document discovered". The Independent. These fragments are the first direct evidence of the original version of the Gregorian Code. Our preliminary study confirms that it was the pioneer of a long tradition that has extended down into the modern era and it is ultimately from the title of this work, and its companion volume the Codex Hermogenianus, that we use the term ‘code’ in the sense of ‘legal rulings’. 
  10. ^ Kennedy, Maev (28 January 2010). "Experts identify scraps of lost Roman law text: Copy of the Gregorian Code, which was first drafted in AD300, had been chopped up and used to cover medieval book". The Guardian. The fragments were bought by a private collector at a sale in London. After failing either to translate the script or identify the subject, he circulated photocopies which eventually reached Salway and Corcoran. 
  11. ^ Rachel Kaufman (2010-02-10). "Lost Roman Codex Fragments Found in Book Binding". National Geographic. Archived from the original on 2010-11-14. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 

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