Prisca Versio

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The Prisca Versio is a canonical collection from the fifth century. It is also called the Itala Versio and is dependent upon the Atticus Versio. It is different from the hispana versio with which it should not be confused. The Prisca contains the canons of Nicaea and Sardica, with the same numbering, omits the Council of Laodicea, adds the Council of Chalcedon (whose canon 28 is attributed to the Council of Constantinople), and includes also some African canons. The Prisca was established at Rome. Its date is controversial. According to C. H. Turner, it was after Chalcedon; according to E. Schwarts, it was made under Pope Anastasius II (496498) or Pope Symmachus (498514). It is best preserved in the Collectio Ingilrami (also called the Codex Chieti or Teatini ) of cod. Vat. Reg. 1997, and in the MS of Justel (Bodleian, Mus.100102). According to W. M. Peitz, the Prisca Versio is the work of dionysius exiguus.

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