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ment an exception. So much for Gaius's general treatment. As to his silence, that no doubt is odd, but, on the other hand, what explanation can the objectors give of the alternative formula in Gaius 4, 21 of m. i. iudicati quoted above—" quod tu mihi iudicatus sive damnatus es,” &c.? What is this un: explained contrast between iudicatus and damnatus?" It seems to me that Mitteis's argument on this point has little application to Bekker's revised version of Huschke, which is substantially that of most modern text-books, such as Girard's Manuel."

(c) I pass over the objection based on Livy's phrases merum se dare, nearum inire, as already disposed of. We have seen that it leads either to two newa, or no merum-loan, both impossible conclusions,

(d) Certain other objections are of rather too detailed a character to be dealt with at length.” They are aimed at the inclusion of the actio auctoritatis, the actio de modo agri, and the legatum per damnationem in the conception merum, so as to corroborate the Huschkeian theory of merum-loan. Besides being liabilities incurred per aes et libram and releas. able by solutio per aes et libram, they were all supposed to have a lis crescens in duplum adversus infiliantem, and this was held to be a relic of the lis crescens against the vinder in m. i., and so to prove original enforceability by m. i. Mitteis observes that it has long been agreed that the actiones auttoritatis and de modo agri had not a lis crescens, but were dh initio in duplum. One might add that they were not debts arising per aes et libram so much as penalties imposed, presumably by some statute, upon abuses of that ceremony.”

The connexion of the legatum p. d., which really had a lis crescens, with nerum does not disappear so easily. But this is because it has other certain points of similarity, such as that it is releasable per aes et libram. Eisele's defence of the argument from the lis crescens" is not convincing; at most he makes a drawn battle with Mitteis, and after all the burden of proof is on him. But to enter into the various arguments would take us too far afield. *

"See Eisele. Studien, pp. 32, 41, and other authors, Contra, Wlassak. ZSS. 25, p. 176.

* Manuel ", p. 983.

** Mitteis. op. cit., pp. 111 ff.

* Senn, N. R. H. 1905, pp. 66 f., citing Girard, N. R. H. 1882. pp. 1SOff.

“Eisele, Studien, pp. 36 f.

One unexpected result, however, of Mitteis’s objection is to make it more difficult to understand as the original debts released by Gaius's solutio per aes et libram these actiones auctoritatis and de modo agri. Thus our belief in nearum-loan as the original subject of release is necessarily strengthened. (e) I must mention one final objection which Mitteis does make good.". Huschke certainly attributed a magic effect to the words damnas esto uttered by the creditor in the nearumloan; Bekker, on the contrary, regards it simply as a phrase imposing liability which happens to date back to a time when m. i. was the only way of enforcing a liability. Girard, who maintains the argument from lis crescens, holds that the phrase kept its force at a later date; for instance that the words damnas esto in the Ler Aquilia imposed originally a liability enforceably by m. i., and thus he explains the doubling of damages by that lear against a defendant who denied liability.” But Mitteis seems to me to have shewn that, apart from the lis crescens, there is no real evidence that damnas esto had this effect except in the earliest time, and, as observed above, the argument from lis crescens is itself very doubtful. It will be said, if we give up these arguments, what evidence is there to connect an earlier damnatio, such as occurred in nerum, with m. i ? It is not enough to make such a connexion unobjectionable by revising the history of the legis actiones in the light of comparative law. Some positive support must be found in the native material. There seems to be two indications of such a connexion: (1) The whole treatment of Dionysius. A perusal of the passages of Dionysius set out by Kleineidam," in the light of what we now know about Greek law (supra, p. 150), leaves no doubt that he had in mind money loans expressly providing for execution on the person of the debtor without judgment. The clearest phrases are perhaps daneizein episomasin (4, 9), medemian eispraxin einai mete sumbolaou medeněs mete katadíkes medemiás (4, 11), (4, 10), and the famous threefold division in 6, 83. But to Dionysius's evidence Pfluger "makes the very pertinent objec. tion that we have to allow for a possible importation of Greek ideas. Dionysius may also have been influenced by the early history of Attica, where the practice of daneizein epi Somasin aggravated the debtor-question till Solon's reforms.” The hellenization of early Roman history is a faul; of even Roman writers, and Dionysius was a Greek writing in Greek. Pfluger's caution against implicit confidence in Dionysius is therefore fully justified. (?) Besides the evidence of Dionysius we have the fact that both nearum and iudicatum, not to mention the legatum p. d., were releasable in the same way, by solutio per des et libram. Since between nearum and iudicatum there is no connexion in point of form, their common feature must have been their effects, and the effect of iudicatum is known to have been m. i.”

* Huschke, Nerum, pp. 50 f.; Bekker, Atkionen. 1, 24; ZSS. 30, 14 f., 30 f.; Mitteis, ZSS. 22, 1, c.; Girard. Manuel, pp. 4S1-2 (notes); Eisele, Studien, pp. 30 ft.

* Girard, Manuel ", pp. 480-1.

* Supra, p. 138, n. 2. '

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I sum up my results as follows:–

1. The new theories of two mera, or of no merum-loan, present unsurmountable difficulties, and are based only on one or a few more passages of Livy. 2. The theory of self-mancipation is juristically objection. able. 3. The revised theory of nerum leading to m. i. has no serious objections to meet; but on the other hand, it leaves something to be desired in the matter of positive proof. In conclusion, I ought to say that modern authority, and doubtless older authority also, might have been quoted for practically every argument adduced in this paper. I have not thought it worth while to do so, partly because many argu. ments are current coin and partly because of the considera. tions of space. The position here adopted is that of Bekker and Kubler, and with small variations that of Girard, Senn, and Eisele, all of whose contributions I freely utilized.


* Op. cit., pp. 83 ff.
* Plut. Solon, c. 13, 15: Ath. Polo, c. 6, cited by Pflüger,
”An old argument, but put in this pointed manner by Eisele,

Studien, p. 36.


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