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Cicero's LawRethinking Roman Law of the Late Republic$
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Paul J. du Plessis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474408820

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408820.001.0001

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Cicero and the Small World of Roman Jurists

Cicero and the Small World of Roman Jurists

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(p.71) Chapter 5 Cicero and the Small World of Roman Jurists
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Cicero's Law
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Yasmina Benferhat

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408820.003.0005

This paper aims at studying the career of three major jurists of the Late Republic: Q. Mucius Scaevola, Ser. Sulpicius Rufus, G. Trebatius Testa. The order is chronological to underline the evolution from men who had a brillant career following the cursus honorum to specialists who refused to enter the cursus and made their career in the shadow of a general becoming the Prince. Mucius was a consul in 95 BC; Servius had to wait a long time because of the aleas of political crises, but he finally became a consul in 51 BC; Trebatius never was a consul. it is important to keep on mind Cicero was no neutral witness of the evolution since he was convinced his own way to serve his ambition was the best, with eloquence. Nevertheless he knew very well those jurists and even contributed to the evolution by sending Trebatius to Caesar. 

Keywords:   Mucius Scaevola, Sulpicius Rufus, Trebatius, career, ambition, law

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