Bartolo of Sassoferrato

(Bartolus de Saxoferrato)

Bartolo of Sassoferrato
Bartolo of Sassoferrato
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  • Died: July 13, 1357
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Profession: Law Professor

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Bartolus de Saxoferrato (1313 – 13 July 1357) was an Italian law professor and one of the most prominent continental jurists of Medieval Roman Law. He belonged to the school known as the commentators or postglossators. The admiration of later generations of civil lawyers is shown by the adage nemo bonus íurista nisi bartolista — no one is a good jurist unless he is a Bartolist (i.e. a follower of Bartolus).

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A democracy is the name of a government of those who are ruling for their own advantage, in opposition to the rich, or to any people. Democracies & Republics
A democracy is the name of a government of those who are ruling for their own advantage, in opposition to the rich, or to any specific people. Democracies & Republics
A government which results from election is more divine than one which results from succession. Voters, Voting & Elections ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
A small city, is better off with a government “for the people” than it is being ruled by a few people, or by only one. A larger city, according to the scale of magnitude, is better ruled by a few good rich men, rather then by the populace, or by one person. The largest cities or peoples are best ruled by a single king. Management & Managing Government
Government “for the people” should be called a government of God rather than of men. Miscellaneous
Government by one man: He is called a lord if he inclines to a good and common end; a tyrant if he is inclined to pursue bad or merely personal ends. Leaders & Leadership ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
The more people there are, the more things they see, and in them there is a more perceptive and discerning reason than in one person: therefore, in this respect, it is better to be ruled by many Democracies & Republics
The rule of several bad men does not last long, and easily decays to the rule of a single tyrant. Corruption
When jurisdiction lies with the populace or with the multitude, not that the whole multitude should rule at once, but that the government should be committed to different people over time, according to the offices, and according to a cycle. Democracies & Republics

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