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From Freedom and the Law, by Bruno Leoni:
A grain of thought may prove over time to be the seed of a pearl of wisdom.
We probably are so used to thinking of the Roman legal system in terms of Justinian's Corpus Juris, that is, in terms of a written law book, that we fail to realize how Roman law actually worked. A large part of the Roman rules of law was not due to any legislative process whatever. Private Roman law, which the Romans called jus civile, was kept practically beyond the reach of legislators during most of the long history of the Roman Republic and the Empire.
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December 13, 2016; edited/updated February 19, 2017