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The Dutiful Legatee: Pliny, <i>Letters</i> V.1

A D E Lewis

in Beyond Dogmatics

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780748627936
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651474 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627936.003.0030
The Dutiful Legatee: Pliny, Letters V.1

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Around AD 100, on the death of Asudius Curianus, Pliny received a legacy, worth unknown, in Curianus' will. There was a history. Some three years previously Curianus had been disinherited by his mother's will which distributed her fortune between a number of distinguished Romans, including Pliny himself. Clearly mortified by his mother's actions Curianus asked Pliny to give him his share, promising to return its capital value in due course. Pliny declined to do so but rather offered to refuse his share, to Curianus' eventual benefit, if Curianus could persuade him that he had been improperly disinherited. This chapter analyzes the legal issues raised in these events, paying particular regard to those matters concerning the law of inheritance.

Keywords: Pliny; letter; Roman law; law of inheritance; Asudius Curianus

Chapter.  6192 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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