(454 words)

active roughly between AD 140 and 180;

Roman jurist, who is only known by his praenomen.


Of his substantial œuvre, only the textbook Institutiones survives – the only work of Roman legal literature outside the Corpus Iuris Civilis of Iustinianus [1] that has been preserved almost entirely. As a manuscript of his lectures from AD 161, it…

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Landfester, Manfred, “Gaius”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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