“The thing is mine”: Extracting the terminology of the Roman law of “ownership” from Justinian’s Digest

“The thing is mine”: Extracting the terminology of the Roman law of “ownership” from Justinian’s Digest
Date
19 June 2020, 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Type
Seminar
Description

Marton Ribary, Surrey

Barbara McGillivray, Alan Turing Institute & Cambridge

This event will be held online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG8sRps1s6Q

Our paper investigates the evolution of the concept of “ownership” in Roman law using computational semantic methods. The work is based on a relational database of Justinian’s Digest (533 CE) arranging more than twenty thousand text units excerpted from hundreds of otherwise lost legal works in a Python environment and shared on GitHub (mribary/pyDigest). We present a thematic tree-map of Roman law based on hierarchical clustering of sections. We use computational methods for terminology extraction and distributional semantic word representations to show how the semantic landscape associated with “ownership” changed over time.

Contact

Valerie James
valerie.james@sas.ac.uk
020 7862 8716