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  • Civility, coming from the Greek "civilis" – "relating to public life befitting a citizen" – is the antithesis of bullying, violence and intimidation.

    Rude Britannia? Don't you believe it | Observer editorial

  • Civil society civilis societas, quia societas est must acknowledge God as its Founder and Parent, and must obey and reverence His power and authority.

    The Reign of Christ the King

  • Belli civilis Gal.l. 1. hoc ferali bello et caedibus omnia repleverunt, et regnum amplissimum a fundamentis pene everterunt, plebis tot myriades gladio, bello, fame miserabiliter perierunt.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • I find the words lex civilis and jus civile, that is to say, and law and right civil, promiscuously used for the same thing, even in the most learned authors; which nevertheless ought not to be so.


  • However, in the form of scientia civilis it is also the key to the this-wordly perfection that can be attained in the just administration of the Venetian republic.

    Giacomo Zabarella

  • In the third book Lipsius, in line with medieval and humanist mirrors of princes, focused on the distinctive virtue of the prince: political prudence (prudentia civilis), for which he depends both on himself and the advice of others (officials, councilors, military commanders).

    Justus Lipsius

  • 'Religion', he wrote, 'might yet turn out to be a virus sent by some malevolent alien civilis a tion with an extremely busy colonisation programme.

    Boiling a Frog

  • “Everything excellent and worthy of remembrance has been achieved by wrong - doing, injustice and contempt for law,” was the admittedly highly rhetorical conclusion (Utra artium, medicinae an iuris civilis, praestet, ed. Garin, p. 29).

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Their method was dialectical and systematic; the authorities collected in the Decretum Gratiani, the Decretals, and the Corpus iuris civilis were quoted and harmonized with little regard to their historical development.


  • Justinian's Corpus iuris civilis, which was compiled later in the sixth century in Byzantium, was hardly studied in the West before the eleventh century.



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