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Nera'tius Priscus

a Roman jurist, who lived under Trajan and Hadrian. It is said that Trajan sometimes had the design of making Neratius his successor in place of Hadrian. (Spart. Hadr. 4.) He enjoyed a high reputation under Hadrian, and was one of his consiliarii. (Spart. Hadr. 18.) Neratius was consul, but the year is uncertain. The works of Neratius were fifteen books of Regulae, three books of Responsa, and seven books of Membranae, from which there are sixtyfour excerpts in the Digest. A fourth book of Epistolae, and a treatise entitled Libri ex Plautio, are cited in the Digest (8. tit. 3. s. 5.1; 33. tit. 7. s. 12.35). He also wrote a book, De Nuptiis (Gel. 4.4), if Neratius is the right reading there. It is a mistake to collect from a passage in the Digest (39. tit. 6. s. 43), that he wrote notes Ad Fulcinium. Paulus wrote Ad Neratium, in four books, from which there are excerpts in the Digest.

When Priscns is mentioned in the Digest, Javolenus Priscus is meant. Neratius wrote in a clear, condensed style, and is a good authority. He is often cited by subsequent jurists. (Grotius, Vitae Juriconsult.; Zimmern, Geschichte des Röm. Rechts, vol. i. p. 324; Puchta, Cursus, &c. vol. i. p. 444, 1st ed.)

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