Index 2.0

  • Ribary, Marton (PI)
  • Kulawiak-Cyrankowksa, Joanna (PI)
  • Di Donato, Giuseppe (PI)
  • Danneau, Julien (Other)

Project: Research

Project Details


The Index 2.0 project aims to trigger a new wave of text-based computational research in Roman law that would complement doctrinal and historical approaches. We set out on this journey by bringing the invaluable resource of the Index interpolatiounum into the digital age. This gigantic early 20ᵗʰ century work brings together hundreds of years of scholarship on the authenticity of juristic sources included in the Digest, the authoritative Roman law compendium (533 CE) commissioned by the Byzantine emperor Justinian I (527-565 CE). The Index examines closely every line of every juristic fragments preserved in the Digest, considering their authenticity, providing alternative readings, and shaping our understanding of ancient Roman law.

An interactive digital platform with a relational database of the Index at its core is the ultimate digital output of the Index 2.0 project. We hope to secure funding for a multi-year large-grant project which will make the Digest text interactive where users can toggle between different readings according to periods, schools, and individual researchers, reconstruct the text, style, and doctrine of ancient jurists according to available evidence, and record their own insights about textual authenticity on a platform we envisage to become an online meeting point of Roman legal scholarship.
AcronymIndex 2.0
Effective start/end date20/04/23 → …


  • Roman law
  • digital humanities
  • text criticism
  • Index Interpolationum
  • Index 2.0

    Marton Ribary (Organiser), Giuseppe Di Donato (Organiser) & Joanna Kulawiak-Cyrankowksa (Organiser)

    19 Sept 2023

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  • Index 2.0 roundtable

    Marton Ribary (Speaker), Joanna Kulawiak-Cyrankowksa (Speaker), Giuseppe Di Donato (Speaker) & Benet Salway (Invited speaker)

    23 Aug 2023

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

  • Eleanor Cook

    Marton Ribary (Host)

    9 May 202326 May 2023

    Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor