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Beyond DogmaticsLaw and Society in the Roman World$
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John W. Cairns and Paul J. du Plessis

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627936

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627936.001.0001

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The Dutiful Legatee: Pliny, Letters V.1

The Dutiful Legatee: Pliny, Letters V.1

(p.125) 6 The Dutiful Legatee: Pliny, Letters V.1
Beyond Dogmatics

A D E Lewis

Edinburgh University Press

Around AD 100, on the death of Asudius Curianus, Pliny received a legacy, worth unknown, in Curianus' will. There was a history. Some three years previously Curianus had been disinherited by his mother's will which distributed her fortune between a number of distinguished Romans, including Pliny himself. Clearly mortified by his mother's actions Curianus asked Pliny to give him his share, promising to return its capital value in due course. Pliny declined to do so but rather offered to refuse his share, to Curianus' eventual benefit, if Curianus could persuade him that he had been improperly disinherited. This chapter analyzes the legal issues raised in these events, paying particular regard to those matters concerning the law of inheritance.

Keywords:   Pliny, letter, Roman law, law of inheritance, Asudius Curianus

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