|Author||Samuel P. Scott|
|Publisher||R. A. Sites Books|
|Publication Date||October 23, 2017|
The Laws of the Twelve Tables; The Institutes of Gaius; Fragments of the Rules of Ulpian; and The Opinions of Paulus Synopsis: This edition of ROMAN CIVIL LAW, derived from S.P. Scott's 17 volume work, THE CIVIL LAW (1932) is a compilation of Roman laws spanning eight centuries beginning with the earliest body of laws known to the Romans, THE TWELVE TABLES (449 B.C.), and ending with the surviving works of three of the five most important jurists of the 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D., GAIUS, ULPIAN and PAULUS. The Laws of the Twelve Tables formed the centerpiece of the constitution of the Roman Republic and the core of the mos maiorum. Gaius (floruit AD 130-180) was a celebrated Roman jurist during the reigns of the emperors Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius and Commodus. His INSTITUTES are a complete exposition of the elements of ancient Roman law and for this reason are most valuable to the historian of early institutions. Domitius Ulpianus (died 228), a Roman jurist of Tyrian ancestry wrote in the period between AD 211 and 222. FRAGMENTS of his works survive. As an author he is characterized by doctrinal exposition of a high order, judiciousness of criticism, and lucidity of arrangement, style and language. Julius Paulus (second century AD), also known as Paulus or Paul, was an influential Roman jurist whose OPINIONS feature prominently in Justinian's DIGEST. The emperor Valentinian II (371-392), a Western Roman Emperor between the years 375-392, names Paulus in the Law of Citations, along with Gaius, Papinian, Ulpian and Modestinus, as one of only five jurists whose opinions were to be followed by judicial officers in deciding cases. The works of these jurists became the most important reference point for all subsequent legal decisions and profoundly affected the course of European and American law from antiquity to the present. This edition includes S.P. Scott's complete introduction to THE CIVIL LAW, all of his critical notes and a lengthy index.