What is it about?
For damage to personal property, compensation is due. A milestone in the development of this principle was the enactment of the lex Aquilia in 287 BCE. This act was the result of a compromise reached by the two orders, the patricians and plebeians. Paying closer attention to the political grievances that drove the law reform helps to understand many features of the law.
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Why is it important?
The lex Aquilia has features that we struggle to understand. Seeing that the reform tackled an access to justice problem helps to better understand these features.
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This page is a summary of: The politics of the lex Aquilia, Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis / Revue d Histoire du Droit / The Legal History Review, November 2022, Brill,
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