Raymond Brown wrote:

> And neither phrase is Classical, so it's interesting to find 'absque'
> preserved in post-classical legal parlance.

Hmm.  Which legal writers (other than Cicero, who probably doesn't need
the expression, since most of his cases were of a public character)
are reckoned Classical?   What survives (other than as fragments in
the Corpus Juris) between the XII Tables and the Institutes of Gaius?


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