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The geometrical beauty of Roman Law


15 December 1933


My dear Totò, 

I have got myself settled in here; I would even have come to Messina, however, if circumstances had required me to. I continue, therefore my teaching in Florence. 

I feel much joy in my teaching; the students follow me, and I take pains to teach them the geometric beauty of Roman law. Believe me, there is so much light in this panorama of schools with their so beautiful architectural lines! This is how to teach Roman law – highlighting these perspectives rich in symmetry. This is the only way for our teaching to have a highly important educative function. 

How beautiful it would be if we could endow legal studies with this whiff of beauty that rises from pure technique to the vision of a unitary panorama! 

Our studies must also be the bearers of nuggets of knowledge that made study so appealing to our ancient forebears. The technique ought to refine not render barren. It has to be fecund, not sterile. 

Isn’t it true? We, above all must not let up the fervour of good in research that gave our early initiatives such nobility. Totò, the chair is a sacred tool and we must make use of it in the service of truth.

Respects to your lady wife. A fraternal embrace to you.