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The Practice of Men and the Enactments of Emperors: Dynamics of Change in the Mechanics of Testaments

Elizabeth A. Meyer

This paper analyses the historical accuracy of a statement made in Justinian's Institutes about the development of the late-antique tripartite will, and finds that the enactments of emperors are given too much credit, and the practice of men too little. The paper follows the chronologically uneven and geographically disparate ways in which writing came to be used in wills, and notes the ways in which the problems writing could pose were systematically ignored by imperial enactments until very late.

Roman Legal Tradition, 19 (2023), 1-21

DOI 10.55740/2023.1

This work is licensed under Creative Commons License CC BY-SA 4.0. Copyright © 2022 by Constantin Willems. Roman Legal Tradition is published by the Ames Foundation at the Harvard Law School and the Alan Rodger Endowment at the University of Glasgow. ISSN 1943-6483.



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