oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - The elegant but indefinable legal art

Volume 19, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-545X
  • E-ISSN: 2411-7870



According to Ulpian the jurist Celsus defines as the and does this . There is no doubt about the of this assertion nor that is an . But this cannot be regarded as a definition. After analysing the meaning of words such as "elegantia", "elegans" and "eleganter" in the Roman legal texts and focusing the art of dealing with , this paper confronts the hard task of defining it.

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