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Prostitution, Sexuality, and the Law in Ancient Rome$
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Thomas A. J. McGinn

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161328

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161328.001.0001

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The Lex Iulia et Papia

The Lex Iulia et Papia

(p.70) 3 The Lex Iulia et Papia
Prostitution, Sexuality, and the Law in Ancient Rome

Thomas A. J. McGinn (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the ancient Roman law lex Iulia et Papia, which consists of a marriage law, the lex Iulia de maritandis ordinibus, and a comitial statute, the lex Papia Poppaea. The two enactments are usually distinguished in the sense that the first encouraged marriage; the second, the bearing of children. In fact, the lex Iulia itself rewarded parents. The second statute both supplemented and partly recast the first, eliminating loopholes and relaxing some of the rules. Thus the jurists and modern commentators can refer to the two laws as one: the lex Iulia et Papia. To understand better the connection between the two statutes, one might invoke the jurist Papinian's famous observation on the relationship between the ius civile and the ius honorarium: the lex Papia Poppaea functioned “to support, supplement, and correct” the lex Iulia de maritandis ordinibus.

Keywords:   lex Iulia et Papia, ancient Rome, prostitution, marriage, statute

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