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A. Historical Overview

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1. Ius in ancient Rome

Ius, the Roman expression for law, went through considerable changes during the thousand-year history of the Roman state. Ius was originally the criterion by which the permitted exercise of liberty, particularly the legitimate exercise of power (over people and things) was distinguished from the disruptive exercise of force (vis). Ius in modern terminology was thus…

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Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen), “Ius”, 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 25 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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