In this the slave codes of the South went much further than the Roman civil code, where a type of marriage (contubernium
, not connubium) was recognized.").
Sexual relations between free persons and slaves, as well as among slaves themselves, were not recognized as legitimate marriages under Roman law These unions were termed contubernium
and lacked any of the legal consequences of Roman marriage (Evans Grubbs, Law and Family 262).
The latter were the seven soldiers from the same contubernium
(the smallest unit in the army consisting of eight soldiers) as the suicide victim, since they lived close to each other and shared the same sleeping quarters.
6.6) In this passage, within the conventions of Roman exemplarity that Seneca describes as both enacted and transformed--from Forum to philosophy, from arms (contubernium
) to ethics--we find a patent acknowledgment of the fact that exemplary actions require an audience.
Cette communaute composee d'hommes, de femmes, de peres, de meres, de parents, d'enfants, de conjoints (au sens purement factuel, l'union de deux esclaves appelee contubernium
ne recevait aucune reconnaissance juridique), de familles merite mieux que le traitement qui leur a ete trop souvent inflige par l'historiographie, laquelle s'interesse surtout aux servi sous l'angle de la productivite economique en les considerant ainsi comme de simples outils humains.
The sun was already high in the morning sky when the first contubernium
returned with the hangdog Drusus in tow.
Many letters concern Lipsius's contubernium
, the group of students who lived with him (which was increased by two new individuals in September of 1595), and we see clearly how this group remained the source of important contacts that lasted throughout Lipsius's life.