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Sponsalia
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A couple's engagement in Roman law. The term appears to have derived from the fact that marriage in earlier times had been promised mutually through an official stipulatio (or through sponsio ) of the couple's fathers. In the late Republic and in the Principate, the sponsalia could be revoked freely and it was no longer possible to file a suit for marriage. Indirect commitments (e.g. contract penalties, Dig. 45,1,134 pr.) were abolished as well.

Bibliography

Honsell/Mayer-Maly/Selb, 392 f. 

Treggiari, 145-160.

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Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen), “Sponsalia”, 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 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1119630>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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