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Male Puberty

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This chapter begins with a text that mentions the first controversy in Gaius' Institutiones; the text forms part of the first book, which deals with the law of persons. Tutela impuberum is the guardianship with the aim of protecting the personal and financial interests of persons sui iuris below the age of puberty. The Proculians referred to male pubertas as a phase in a human's life that sets in when a certain age is reached. The Sabinians made use of the locus a differentia to support their view that the criterion for the onset of male puberty was not age, but sexual maturity. The Sabinians invalidated the criterion suggested by the Proculians. However, it is not known what argument the Sabinians used to support their view that sexual maturity was the criterion for the beginning of male puberty.

Keywords: locus a differentia; male Puberty; Proculians; Sabinians; sexual maturity



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