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p659 Jus Civile Flavianum

Article by George Long, M.A., Fellow of Trinity College
on p659 of

William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

JUS CIVI′LE FLAVIA′NUM. Appius Claudius Caecus, who was censor B.C. 312, is said to have drawn up a book of Actiones or forms of procedure, which his clerk Cn. Flavius made public (Cic. de Or. I.41). According to one story (Dig. 1 tit. 2 s7) Flavius surreptitiously obtained possession of the book of Appius, and was rewarded by the people for his services by being made Tribunus Plebis and Curule Aedile. The effect of this publication was to extend the knowledge and the practice of the law to the plebeians, and to separate the Jus Civile from the Jus Pontificium (Liv. IX.45; Gellius, VII.9; Cic. pro Murena, 11).


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