Quintus Cervidius Scaevola

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Scaevola, Quintus Cervidius


Dates of birth and death unknown. Roman jurist of the late second and early third centuries.

Scaevola, who held high positions at the imperial court, gave legal advice necessary for the decision of specific legal cases. He expressed a practical approach to law in his numerous works, including Digesta (40 books), Quaestiones (20 books), and Responso (six books). These works were collections of terse, precise judgments on various legal issues. The noted Roman jurists Paulus and Papinian were Scaevola’s students.

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