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Decretalia
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A text containing a decretum was called decretale (Sid. Apoll. Epist. 7,9,6) in later Latin. The term decretum (from decernere ‘to decide’) was used for judgements in individual cases as well as general rulings. In the individual case it denote the judicial verdict or decision of a magistrate or other judicial official or authority (also decisions of committees), by which a judicial decision was pronounced after examination of the evidence (causae cognitio; Dig. 37,1,3,8); to be contrasted to the  rescriptum , which comprised the evidence presented in unexami…

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Gizewski, Christian (Berlin), “Decretalia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 01 July 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e313230>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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