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The school controversies between the Sabinians and the Proculians are one of the more contentious issues in the field of Roman law. The Principate saw the emergence of two law schools in Rome, the Sabinian or Cassian school and the Proculian school. This chapter provides a general overview of the Sabinians and the Proculians. The most important modern theories about the controversies are critically assessed. The chapter argues that jurisprudence and legal practice were closely intertwined in ancient Rome and that this could constitute an important means to solve the problem of the controversies. It explains the instrumental role of rhetoric and topical reasoning in Roman jurisprudence at large and in the controversies in particular. Finally, the chapter focuses on the methodology applied in order to thoroughly analyse the primary sources.

Keywords: Cassian school; Proculian school; Proculians; Roman jurisprudence; Roman law; Sabinians



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