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Fundamina

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CORREA, Luiz Fabiano. The elegant but indefinable legal art. Fundamina (Pretoria) [online]. 2013, vol.19, n.2, pp.212-220. ISSN 2411-7870.

According to Ulpian the jurist Celsus defines ius as the ars boni et cequi and does this eleganter. There is no doubt about the elegantia of this assertion nor that ius is an ars. But this cannot be regarded as a definition. After analysing the meaning of words such as "elegantia", "elegans" and "eleganter" in the Roman legal texts and focusing the art of dealing with ius, this paper confronts the hard task of defining it.

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