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The assignment of a benefit in assets without any return (e.g., by transferring ownership of an object, relinquishing a claim or waiving a debt of the beneficiary). If an object is transferred to the recipient with the intent to give (animus donandi), the donatio constitutes a iusta causa of property acquisition by  traditio or occupancy ( usucapio ). A mere promise of donation is according to Roman law only binding in the form of a  stipulatio .

The lex Cincia de donis et muneribus (a  plebiscitum of 204 BC) prohibited acceptance of donations above a certain (un…

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Meissel, Franz-Stefan (Vienna), “Donatio”, 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 20 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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