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Orthodoxy and the Courts in Late Antiquity$
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Caroline Humfress

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208419

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208419.001.0001

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Legal Experts and the Late Roman Courts

Legal Experts and the Late Roman Courts

(p.62) 3 Legal Experts and the Late Roman Courts
Orthodoxy and the Courts in Late Antiquity

Caroline Humfress (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of iurisperitus and legal science. According to the mid-2nd century jurist Pomponius, the origins of juristic science lay in the disputes of the Forum, in the necessary interpretations of (statute) law given orally, on request, by those who were iuris prudentes. Hence the iurisprudens or iurisperitus was also known as the iurisconsultus. Post-classical iurisperiti and private clients, legal education in the late Empire, and whether the advice of post-classical iurisperiti contributed to the creative elaboration of Roman law are discussed.

Keywords:   iurisperitus, iurisprudens, iurisconsultus, law, late Roman Empire, Pomponius, Forum

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