The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire, 3; With Maps

Paperback | December 31, 2011

byEdward Gibbon

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1841. Excerpt: ... The silence or ambiguity of the laws was supplied by the occasional Edict* of those magistrates who were invested with the honours of the state.(33)t Thii ancient prerogative of the Roman kings, was transferred, in their respective offices, to the consuls and dictators, the censors and prators; and a similar right was assumed by the tribunes of the people, the ediles, and the proconsuls. At Rome, and in the provinces, the duties pi the subject, and the intentions of the governor, were proclaimed; and the civil jurisprudence was reformed by the annual edicts of the supreme judge, the praetor of the city.* As soon as he ascended the tribunal, he announced by the voice of (he crier, and afterward inscribed on a white wall, the rules which he proposed to follow in the decision of doubtful cases, and the relief which his equity would afford from the precise rigour of ancient statutes. A principle of discretion more congenial to monarchy was introduced into the republic: the art of respecting the name, and eluding the efficacy, of the laws, was improved by successive praetors; subtleties and fictions were invented to defeat the plainest meaning of the Decemvirs, and where the end was salutary, the means were frequently absurd. The secret or probable wish of the dead was suffered to prevail over the order of succession and the forms of testaments; and the claimant, who was excluded from the character of heir, accepted with equal pleasure from an indulgent praetor the possession of the goods of his late kinsman or benefactor. In the redress of private wrongs, compensations and fines were substituted to the obsolete rigour of the twelve tables; time and space were annihilated by fanciful suppositions; and the plea of youth, or fraud, or violence, annulled the obligation, or excused the perfo...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1841. Excerpt: ... The silence or ambiguity of the laws was supplied by the occasional Edict* of those magistrates who were invested with the honours of the state.(33)t Thii...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:358 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.74 inPublished:December 31, 2011Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217115632

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