By Olga Tellegen-Couperus
An important production of the Romans was once their legislations. during this publication, Dr Tellegen-Couperus discusses the way the Roman jurists created and built legislations and how during which Roman legislations has come right down to us. distinct consciousness is given to questions reminiscent of `who have been the jurists and their legislations colleges' and to the shut connection among jurists and the politics in their time.
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In addition, the senate supervised military operations and the administration of the conquered territories. As a result of these conquests it became increasingly difficult to control the treasury; taxes had to be levied, prices had to be fixed, and Rome’s food supply had to be guaranteed. Finally the senate also had to look after the mental well-being of the citizens: if corrupting influences, particularly from non-Roman religions, threatened to undermine the strength and stability of the people the senate took severe counter-measures.
From the few fragments that remain of the leges regiae it is evident that they were not real laws but were pronouncements made by the king, in which he established certain norms in the religious/juridical field. It is possible that these pronouncements were made known to the people during an assembly and that the relevant texts were stored in the pontifical archives. The fragments that have come down to us—if they are authentic, that is—show that the religious and juridical elements were still very closely linked.
THE SOURCES Considerably more is known about the late republic than about the earliest history of Rome because the sources are more numerous and more reliable. Our knowledge about this period is based mainly on literary sources; for instance, the Greek historian Polybius and the Roman historian Livy, mentioned in Part I, supply us with very valuable information. Works by writers such as Caesar and Sallust contain important information about political developments, particularly during the last few decades of the republic; because these authors write about events that occurred within their own lifetime the information they give is fairly reliable.