The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire Volume 4

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byEdward Gibbon

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...was Btill enslaved by the ignorance of judicip.1 proceedings. The treachery of some plebeian officers at length revealed the profitable mystery: in a more enlightened age, the iegal actions were derided and observed; and the same antiquity which sanctified the practice, obliterated the use and meaning, of this primitive language.5'2 A more liberal art was cultivated, however, by the sages of Rome, who, in a stricter sense, may be considered as the authors of the civil law. The alteration of the idiom and mariners of the Romans rendered the style of the Twelve Tables loss familiar to each rising generation,and the doubtful passages were imperfectly explained by the study of legal antiquarians. To define the ambiguities, to circumscribe the latitude, to apply the principles, to extend the consequences, to reconcile the real or apparent contradictions, was a much nobler and more important task; and the province of legislation was silently invaded by the expounders of ancient statutes. Their subtle interpretations concurred with the equity of the praetor, to reform the tyranny of the darker ages: however strange or intricate the meMs, it was the aim of artificial jurisprudence to restore the simple dictates of nature and reason, and the skill of private citizens was usefully employed to undermine the public institutions of their country.t The revolution of almost one thousand years, from the Twelve Tables to the reign of Justinian, may be divided into three periods, almost b In his Oration for Murena, (c. 9--13,) Cicero turns into ridicule the forma and mysteries of the civilians, which are represented with more candor by Aldus Gellius, (Noct. Attic, xx. 10,) Gravina, (Opp. p 265, 266, 267t) and Heincccius, (Antiifuitat. 1. iv. tit. vi.)...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...was Btill enslaved by the ignorance of judicip.1 proceedings. The treachery of some plebeian officers at length...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.55 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217800238

ISBN - 13:9780217800235

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