Chapter

The Meaning of ‘Divide’

Ernest Metzger

in A New Outline of the Roman Civil Trial

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780198264743
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682780 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198264743.003.0010
The Meaning of ‘Divide’

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This chapter provides an explanation to the phrase ‘divide the day’ and certain aspects of diem diffindere that the one-day rule would otherwise explain. It cites some accounts on divided calendar days, such as intersicus dies under the rubric of fissi dies. Macrobius and Varro explain that this is a day which is nefas at its beginning and end and is otherwise fas. It also suggests a chronological division of the day, divided between court business and other matters. The chapter concludes that none of the evidence is satisfactory, but only offers a plausible analogy to the divided trail day.

Keywords: divide the day; calendar days; Macrobius; Varro; intersicus dies; nefas; fas

Chapter.  3558 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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