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" But, whatever to a modern eye are the singularities of these Codes, their importance to ancient societies was unspeakable. "

Henry J S Maine
" I need hardly say that the publication of the Twelve Tables is not the earliest point at which we can take up the history of law. "

Henry J S Maine
" In spite of overwhelming evidence, it is most difficult for a citizen of western Europe to bring thoroughly home to himself the truth that the civilisation which surrounds him is a rare exception in the history of the world. "

Henry J S Maine
" It is true that the aristocracies seem to have abused their monopoly of legal knowledge; and at all events their exclusive possession of the law was a formidable impediment to the success of those popular movements which began to be universal in the western world. "

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" It is, indeed, true that the Twelve Tables of Rome do exhibit some traces of systematic arrangement, but this is probably explained by the tradition that the framers of that body of law called in the assistance of Greeks who enjoyed the later Greek experience in the art of law-making. "

Henry J S Maine
" Law is stable; the societies we are speaking of are progressive. The greater or less happiness of a people depends on the degree of promptitude with which the gulf is narrowed. "

Henry J S Maine
" Our authorities leave us no doubt that the trust lodged with the oligarchy was sometimes abused, but it certainly ought not to be regarded as a mere usurpation or engine of tyranny. "

Henry J S Maine
" The ancient codes were doubtless originally suggested by the discovery and diffusion of the art of writing. "

Henry J S Maine
" The ancient Roman code belongs to a class of which almost every civilised nation in the world can show a sample, and which, so far as the Roman and Hellenic worlds were concerned, were largely diffused over them at epochs not widely distant from one another. "

Henry J S Maine
" The epoch of Customary Law, and of its custody by a privileged order, is a very remarkable one. "

Henry J S Maine
" The fate of the Hindoo law is, in fact, the measure of the value of the Roman code. "

Henry J S Maine
" The inquiries of the jurist are in truth prosecuted much as inquiry in physic and physiology was prosecuted before observation had taken the place of assumption. "

Henry J S Maine
" The members of such a society consider that the transgression of a religious ordinance should be punished by civil penalties, and that the violation of a civil duty exposes the delinquent to divine correction. "

Henry J S Maine
" The most celebrated system of jurisprudence known to the world begins, as it ends, with a Code. "

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" The most superficial student of Roman history must be struck by the extraordinary degree in which the fortunes of the republic were affected by the presence of foreigners, under different names, on her soil. "

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