Roman Iustitia In Lex Romana Visigothorum

Abstract

The Breviary of Alaric (Breviarium Alaricianum, Lex Romana Visigothorum or Liber Aniani), collection of Roman law, compiled by order of Alaric II, King of the Visigoths,  is extremely valuable source testifying to the reception and preservation of the traditions of Roman law, regardless of the accelerated processes of its barbarization in the West. In Lex Romana Visigothorum we find the well known Roman notions of law and justice, related to the Roman concept of justice (iustitia) and to the perceptions of fairness and equity (aequitas), and forbidding: contra iustitiam iudicasse” (to judge against justice”).

The purpose of this paper is to examine and comment on the manifestations of these receptions and their main characteristics, through translations of specific tituli and reconstruction of historical and socio-cultural context in which they were applied.

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