Conubium
(399 words)

[German version]

In Rome being eligible to marry (conubium) was a prerequisite for a legally valid marriage. Both partners had to have the conubium: Conubium est uxoris iure ducendae facultas. Conubium habent cives Romani cum civibus Romanis: cum Latinis autem et peregrinis ita, si concessum sit. Cum servis nullum est conubium (‘Conubium is the legal ability to marry a woman. Roman citizens have the conubium to marry each other but, only by special dispensation, to marry Latins and other foreigners . There is no conubium with slaves’; Ulp. 5,3-5). That description omits to mentio…

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Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen), “Conubium”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider. Consulted online on 30 July 2016 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e304920>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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