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A New Outline of the Roman Civil Trial$
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Ernest Metzger

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198264743

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198264743.001.0001

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The Meaning of ‘Divide’

The Meaning of ‘Divide’

(p.123) 10 The Meaning of ‘Divide’
A New Outline of the Roman Civil Trial

Ernest Metzger

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an explanation to the phrase ‘divide the day’ and certain aspects of diem diffindere that the one-day rule would otherwise explain. It cites some accounts on divided calendar days, such as intersicus dies under the rubric of fissi dies. Macrobius and Varro explain that this is a day which is nefas at its beginning and end and is otherwise fas. It also suggests a chronological division of the day, divided between court business and other matters. The chapter concludes that none of the evidence is satisfactory, but only offers a plausible analogy to the divided trail day.

Keywords:   divide the day, calendar days, Macrobius, Varro, intersicus dies, nefas, fas

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