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A perpetual edict is a type of edict or law proclaimed by the emperor in imperial Rome. It had the force of law and was different from a rescript or decree. It was a constitution of the emperor acting on his own initiative. The urban praetor's edict in its permanent form, edited by Julian in A.D. 131 and given legislative force, is an example of a perpetual edict.
This example illustrates how a perpetual edict was a type of law that had the force of law and was proclaimed by the emperor in imperial Rome. The urban praetor's edict in its permanent form was edited by Julian and given legislative force, making it a perpetual edict.