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Paul J. du Plessis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748668175

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748668175.001.0001

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The Concept of Conubium in the Roman Republic

The Concept of Conubium in the Roman Republic

(p.102) Chapter 6 The Concept of Conubium in the Roman Republic
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Saskia T. Roselaar

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter reconstructs the legal possibilities for marriage between Romans and non-citizens in the Republic, especially the idea that conubium with Roman citizens was an important privilege granted to the Latins. It investigates the evidence for the occurrence of marriage between Romans and peregrini, and discusses whether a grant of rights to marry Romans was necessary for this. Thus, the relations between the legal framework and the practical side of marriage will become clear. There is no evidence for a widespread grant of conubium to Latin and/or Italian allies; however, the inhabitants of Latin colonies did enjoy this right, because it was important to maintain the strategic function of these colonies. The cives sine suffragio also shared in this right as a function of their participation in the Roman ius civile.

Keywords:   Conubium, Marriage, Inheritance, Roman law, Latins

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