oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - On the uselessness of it all : the Roman law of marriage and modern times



The paper discusses the postulated usefulness or otherwise of some Roman legal concepts today. It critically reappraises recent scholarly proposals that the Roman law of marriage serves as a model for modern regulation. Special attention is paid to the interpretation of D. (Ulpian), and in particular to the meaning of the concept of ius naturale in this fragment, and its decidedly non-normative function.


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