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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.




Bartolo of Sassoferrato, 1314-1357, Italian Attorney, Cleric & Witch-Hunter, Treatise on City Government, c. 1330

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

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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