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Judge and JuristEssays in Memory of Lord Rodger of Earlsferry$
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Andrew Burrows, David Johnston, QC, and Reinhard Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677344

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677344.001.0001

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‘Fama’ and ‘infamia’ in the Roman Legal System: The Cases of Afrania and Lucretia

‘Fama’ and ‘infamia’ in the Roman Legal System: The Cases of Afrania and Lucretia

(p.143) 15Fama’ and ‘infamia’ in the Roman Legal System: The Cases of Afrania and Lucretia
Judge and Jurist

Tiziana J Chiusi

Oxford University Press

This chapter first explains the legal notions of fama and infamia in the Roman legal system. It then discusses the consequences of infamia and the categories of infames. It presents the example of Caia Afrania to illustrate the subtle connection between the prohibition of postulare pro alios as a consequence of the declaration of infamia, the female situation, and the role of reputation on the social level. It also describes the story of Lucretia as the opposite example to Afrania.

Keywords:   Roman legal system, Roman law, famia, infamia, Caia Afrania, reputation

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