Spurius (right)

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In Roman law , spurius is the name for a child who does not come from an iustum matrimonium , i.e. was born out of wedlock .

The spurius and his mother were cognatically related according to classical law ; between them there was maintenance and inheritance rights . The spurius was neither cognatically nor agnatically related to his father and had no maintenance claim. His status libertatis and civitatis , i.e. his freedom and civil status , followed that of his mother. Since the spurius was legally independent ( sui iuris ) from birth , it was not subject to the Patria Potestas .

It is not known whether the spurius was discriminated against in society.

Derived first name

Derived from the legal term is the - comparatively rare - Latin first name Spurius .