Which is ironic, because once upon a time Latin culture was obsessed with law and legal niceties. There's a wonderful bit in the "Pope's Rhinoceros" where two clerics debate whether an ongoing brawl is subject to church or secular law. Or Umberto Eco's "Baudolino" has a scene where Baudolino (a good product of northern Italy) explains to his adopted father Frederick Barbarossa how to use Roman law to triumph over his enemies. Or the endless conflict between law and justice in Greek tragedy.
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