Patria potestas

PATRIA POTESTAS, Civil law. Paternal power; (q.v.) the authority which is lawfully exercised by the father over his children.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Y sin embargo, el autor destaca el hecho de que la significacion religiosa de la casa, del matrimonio y de la familia haya quedado silenciada no solo por los historiadores del derecho de Grecia y de Roma --mas centrados en aspectos civiles como la patria potestas, el derecho de sucesiones o instituciones similares--, sino tambien --y esto es lo mas incomprensible--por teologos, canonistas e historiadores de la Iglesia, que apenas se han cuestionado sobre la incidencia de la novedad cristiana en estos ambitos institucionales.
Desde el punto de vista del derecho, la progresiva secularizacion del matrimonio y de la familia, han hecho que los estudios se centren en cuestiones como la patria potestas o la sucesion, como si estas cuestiones agotaran toda la realidad del matrimonio y la familia en el mundo antiguo.
Roman law cover the long history of progressive adaptation which nevertheless meant the strengthening of patria potestas and some bizarre restrictions, but with provisions that made sense in 'working class' contexts (p.
"Women as Daughters," Cohick examines the power over life and death of the father (patria potestas) at the birth of all children in a household and analyzes the evidence for infanticide and infant exposure.
Under the Republic, royal power was decentralized and "the right to kill" was embedded in the private sphere, in the patria potestas. The right of appeal to the people, provocatio, prevented the government from executing the convicted, and there was no state mechanism for performing executions (66).
COURT ORDER RETURN OF CHILDREN TO VENEZUELA, SINCE FATHER ALSO HAD RIGHT OF PATRIA POTESTAS UNDER VENEZUELAN LAW