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date: 23 September 2020

lawyers, Roman 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
Author(s):
John RobertsJohn Roberts

or jurists were a specialized professional group in Roman society (see law, roman, sociology of) distinct from the humble clerks and notaries who copied documents and recorded proceedings. In the later republic and empire there emerged for the first time in history a class of secular legal experts who, whether they made a living from their profession or not, were regarded as the repositories of a special type of learning useful to the state and private citizens. Until the 3rd cent. ... ...

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