Modestinus, Herennius

Modestinus, Herennius

(hərĕn`ēəs mŏdəstī`nəs), fl. c.A.D. 250, Roman jurist; student of Ulpian. Under the Roman Empire he was one of the five jurists, including PapinianPapinian
(Aemilius Papinianus) , d. 212, Roman jurist. He was a close friend of the Roman emperor Septimius Severus, under whom he was libellorum magister [master of the rolls] and later Praetorian prefect; but Severus' son Caracalla had Papinian put to death for reasons
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, whose views were considered decisive in resolving legal controversies. Extensive sections of his work are preserved in the Corpus Juris Civilis.
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Modestinus, Herennius

 

Years of birth and death unknown. Roman jurist of the third century A.D.

Modestinus was a pupil of Ulpian, one of the great Roman jurists. He held high government offices, serving as prefect from 226 to 244. Modestinus was one of the few jurists who had the right to render decisions in civil cases in the name of the emperor (jus respondendi). The Law of Citations, promulgated in 426, gave binding force to the writings of five jurists, including those of Modestinus. He made an important contribution to the formulation of certain questions of legal theory and practice; 345 extracts from his works are included in the Digest.

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