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Latin. Law suits. Certain rites and forms necessary to be observed in prosecuting suits under the Romans laws, were composed from the Twelve Tables, called “actiones, legis,” (quibus inter se hominess disceplaent,) concerning which persons could litigate (or dispute). The forms used in making bargains, in transferring property, &c., were called ' actus legitimi.' There were also certain days on which a law suit could be instituted, or justice lawfully administered - these were called 'dies fasti,' lucky days, and others, on which that could not be done, called ' nefasti,' unlucky days - and some on which it could be done for some part of the day, and not for another part; (intercisi.) The knowledge of all these things appears to have been confined to the Patricians, and chiefly to the Pontifices for many years, until one Cn. Flavius, the son of a freedman, the scribe or clerk of Appius Claudius Caecus, a lawyer, who had arranged these actions and days, stole (or perhaps more probably copied) the book which Appius had composed; and published it A. U. 440. (Fastos publicavit, et actioncs primum edidit); he first published the law days and showed the nature of actions. ...

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