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Reassessing Legal Humanism and its ClaimsPetere Fontes?$
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Paul J. du Plessis and John W. Cairns

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474408851

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408851.001.0001

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Brissonius in Context: De formulis et solennibus populi Romani verbis

Brissonius in Context: De formulis et solennibus populi Romani verbis

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Reassessing Legal Humanism and its Claims

Éva Jakab

Edinburgh University Press

Brissonius represents a great era of French legal humanism in the 16th century. He was a graduate of Poitiers, a practitioner, a respected lawyer at the Royal Court, a politician and a diligent scholar. Of his scholarly work, the present paper investigates the structure, significance, possible aims and issues of the rich volume De formulis et solennibus populi Romani verbis. Although a collection of formulas used in public and private life of ancient Rome seems an antiquarian and selfish idea, his approach originated in old French tradition. Custom, customary law played a significant role in the legal order in his days. His approach fits also to the main streams of humanism, e.g. the “representational correctness”: how to translate natural phenomena into a “language” of a certain art or science.

Keywords:   Brissonius, humanism, contract formulas, ancient Roman law

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