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date: 05 December 2022

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  • Arnaldo Momigliano
  •  and Tim Cornell


Senatus consultum was the advice of the senate (see senatus) to the magistrates, and was expressed in the form of a resolution or decree. In Republican times it had no legal force, but in practice it was always obeyed and, except when vetoed, it acquired the force of law when implemented. During the empire senatus consulta were at first implemented by a clause in the praetor's edict; after Hadrian certain senatus consulta had immediate legal force. The senatus consultum was drafted after the session of the senate in the presence of the presiding magistrate and some witnesses, usually including the proposer. If necessary, it was translated into Greek. Many senatus consulta are preserved in Greek translations.A senatus consultum (commonly abbreviated SC, plural SCC) usually contained: (1) the name of the presiding magistrate;(2) a statement by the proposing magistrate, ending with the formula d(e) e(a) r(e) i(ta) c(ensuerunt) (‘concerning the matter in hand they [i.


  • Roman Law

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