According to Roman law a suus heres acquired the inheritance left to him without any further action on his part, but an extraneus only on accession (aditio). The aditio could take place by formal declaration of accession (cretio) or by informal exercise of the will to accept (pro herede gestio).
Succession, law of III B; Abstentio
1 H. Honsell, Th. Mayer-Maly, W. Selb, Röm. Recht, 41987, 469 ff.
2 Kaser, RPR I, 715 ff.
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Manthe, Ulrich (Passau),
“Aditio hereditatis”, in:
Brill’s New Pauly
, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry.
Consulted online on 25 July 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e103590>
First published online: 2006
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