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Ulpian, Natural law and Stoic influence

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Ulpian's statement in the first text of the Digest that natural law is part of private law is genuine and his view that humans share natural law with animals is influenced by Stoic philosophy, as is his cosmopolitan outlook. The recognition of natural law as a source of law in the Severan age formalised what had long been the case.

Affiliations: 1: Emeritus Regius Professor of Civil Law, 94 C Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6JT, U.K


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