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Author: Philippe Moreau

The aim of this paper is to study specific clauses of certain Roman laws, namely leges rogatae and municipal statutes, written between 204 a.C. and the Augustan period and exempting one’s kindred (cognates and affins) from the prescriptions that they made (personae exceptae). The first section of this analysis reviews the epigraphic evidence, which is supposed to provide us with the most reliable phrasing of the laws; the paper then proceeds with studying texts of jurists and historians as transmitted by the manuscripts, and thus more doubtful formulations that require a thorough philological examination. On the basis of this twofold analysis, it is argued that Roman lawgivers repeatedly endeavoured to protect a nucleus consisting of a wide circle of cognates (generally going as far as the sobrinus, viz. at the 6th Roman degree) and of some close affins.


In: Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis / Revue d'Histoire du Droit / The Legal History Review
Topiques romanesques de l'environnement
Les études réunies dans Natura in fabula envisagent les questions de la nature et de l’environnement dans le roman sous l’angle de la topique en s’appuyant sur le repérage de configurations narratives récurrentes. La nature apparaît souvent comme un cadre avec ses scénographies et topographies, mais elle peut également s’incarner en une entité avec laquelle doit composer l’homme plus que le personnage. Que font les topoi de la nature, dans leur malléabilité, voire leur réversibilité, à l’écriture ? Comment les tournants historiques viennent-ils infléchir ces topoi et en faire émerger de nouveaux ? Quelles éco-logiques les rapports que l’homme entretient avec la nature dans les œuvres romanesques esquissent-ils ?

The papers brought together in Natura in Fabula focus on nature and environment-related issues in the novel, addressing them from the perspective of topics through the identification of recurrent narrative patterns. Nature often functions as a setting with its scenographies and topographies, but it may also embody an entity which man, more than the novel’s characters, is to cope with.
How do natural topoi work in writing, owing to their malleability or reversibility in a literary text? To what extent do historic turning points impact these topoi, encouraging new ones to emerge? And what kinds of “eco-logics” do they help elaborate regarding man’s relation with nature in works of fiction?
In: Natura in fabula
In: Natura in fabula
In: Natura in fabula