New legal texts from the Hermeneumata Pseudodositheana

in Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis / Revue d'Histoire du Droit / The Legal History Review
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Several previously unnoticed texts concerning ancient lawcourts can be found in the Colloquia of the Hermeneumata Pseudodositheana, a set of bilingual dialogues composed for language learners during the Roman empire. The texts describe court cases, both criminal and civil; their writers probably taught in law schools between the second and fourth centuries ad. Editions, translations, and summary information about these texts are provided.

New legal texts from the Hermeneumata Pseudodositheana

in Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis / Revue d'Histoire du Droit / The Legal History Review



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For advocates and their role see Crook (1995) and Kaser and Hackl (1996 p. 484 560 563–565) who note (p. 219 with n. 96 p. 565) that although in the imperial period unlike the Republican era they were entitled to payment there were legally set limits to their fees.

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