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Synopsis Minor
(τὸ μικρὸν κατὰ στοιχεῖον

To a supposed Graeco-Roman jurist of this name has been sometimes attributed the authorship of a legal work in alphabetical order, called by Harmenopulus (§ 49) τὸ μικρὸν κατὰ στοιχεῖον, and usually known by the name of Synopsis Minor. It is principally borrowed from a work of Michael Attaliata.

Bach conjectures that the compilation of the Rhodian laws themselves was made by Docimus (Hist. Jur. Rom. lib. iv. c. I, sect. 3.26, p. 638); but Zachariae is of opinion, that the only reason for attributing to him the authorship of the Synopsis Minor was, that the manuscript of Vienna, from which the fragment in Schardius and Leunclavius was published, once belonged to a person named Docimus.


A fragment of the work relating to the authority of the Leges Rhodiae, was published by S. Schardius (Basel 1561), at the end of the Naval Laws, and the same fragment appears in the collection of Leunclavius (J. G. R. ii. p. 472). Pardessus has published some further fragments of the Synopsis Minor (Collection de Lois Maritimes, i. pp. 164, 195-204), and Zachariae has given some extracts from it (Hist. Jur. G. R. p. 76); but the greater part of the work is still in manuscript.


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