The Agnation in Roman Law

By: Anavitarte, E. J.*

Agnation is a form of kinship (by agnation or agnatic) characteristic of Romans, and exclusive of their civil law, it was generated by being subject to the parental authority of the same paterfamilias.

This link brings legal consequences in matters of ius civilis, such as successions or adjudication of custody and guardianships. It formed a civil relationship of authority between (a) the paterfamilias and another subject (b) the alieni iuris, who would be his agnate.

In general, agnatic family was the model of the Roman nuclear family, so other concepts as family status (status familiae) and any other reference to the family of a citizen were based on relationships originated by agnatic kinship ties.

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