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Responsa
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A. Term and form

Responsa (lit.: 'responses', sing. responsum) were originally rulings or opinions of sacred law made by the Roman colleges of priests (theaugures, fetiales, haruspices and pontifices) [1. 19-21; 2. 313 f., 560-563]. According to Dig. 1,2,2,6, the pontifical college ( pontifex ; hence: responsa pontificum) issued preventative or cautelary responsa for the formulation and interpretation of legal transactions (cautio in the sense of a precaution) or suits (actio), and respons…

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Giaro, Tomasz (Frankfurt/Main), “Responsa”, 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 05 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1021470>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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