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A New Outline of the Roman Civil Trial$
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Ernest Metzger

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198264743

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198264743.001.0001

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The Meaning of ‘Divide’

The Meaning of ‘Divide’

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(p.123) 10 The Meaning of ‘Divide’
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A New Outline of the Roman Civil Trial
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Ernest Metzger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198264743.003.0010

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

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