oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - Latino e altre lingue nel tardo antico : qualche considerazione sulle "piae causae"

Special issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-545X
  • E-ISSN: 2411-7870



In late antiquity and during the age of Justinian, new and multiform phenomena arose to answer the needs of monks, pilgrims, orphans, children, and aged people. These were different from the , and were given different names. All these names have the function of representing different charitable institutions, but each of them originated in a different and specific point of view. In the sources one finds and occasionally . The term reflects the material outlook, the purpose, and the corporeality of human beings. The real novelty (appearing in AD 528: C.I. 1.2.19) is , which will prevail over other names. The use of these names challenges the linguistic and juridical competence of the user (a way of reasoning typical of classical Roman law).

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