As for the observation that Machiavel hath, that the jealousy of sects, doth much extinguish the memory of things; traducing Gregory the Great, that he did what in him lay, to extinguish all heathen antiquities; I do not find that those zeals do any great effects, nor last long; as it appeared in the succession of Sabinian
, who did revive the former antiquities.
On the one hand, the Sabinians
established it on an individual basis, after bodily examination, in relation to the physical development of the young, and, on the other hand, the Proculians established it at the age of 14.
The debate began in Roman law, which fostered two competing schools of thought: on one hand, the Proculians maintained that abandonment of ownership did not occur until another party acquired ownership; and on the other, the Sabinians
maintained that abandonment of ownership occurred when the owner severed possession with the requisite intent.