Modestinus, R.I.P.

I write to report that on the 12th day of January, in the year of our Lord 2015, Modestinus, the worst kept secret identity in blogdom, cyber-reposed after a long battle with irrelevancy. Having outlived his usefulness, Modestinus has decided to hand the reins of Opus Publicum over to one Gabriel Sanchez, occasional contributor to various publications and self-proclaimed know-it-all on aviation law. A traditional Viking funeral will be held in Modestinus’s honor on the banks of the Grand River in due course.


  1. What’s wrong with having a pseudonym? My name is Patrick Sheridan. I chose “Patricius,” naturally, because that is my Latin name. How did you choose Modestinus?

  2. Herennius Modestinus, or simply Modestinus, was a celebrated Roman jurist, a student of Ulpian who flourished about 250 AD.

    He appears to have been a native of one of the Greek-speaking provinces, probably Dalmatia. In Valentinian’s Law of Citations he is classed with Papinian, Paulus, Gaius and Ulpian, as one of the five jurists whose recorded views were considered decisive. He is considered to be the last great jurist of the classic age of Roman law.

    He is mentioned in a rescript of Gordian III in the year 240 in connection with a responsum which he gave to the party to whom the rescript was addressed. No fewer than 345 passages in the Digest of the Corpus Juris Civilis are taken from his writings. He is the author of a collection of Responsa and Digesta written in 12 books.

    He appeared to have had at least one recorded subsequent life, albeit strictly cyber, in the early 21st century AD, and is rumored to have re-surfaced again as a hybrid (man-machine) in the 23rd; given the consistency of erudition across the three manifestations, modern scholars are inclined to posit the identical esse populating each one.

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