Thomas Little Heath
Ateius Capito (2), Gaius, a lawyer of modest senatorial family, was a follower of Ofilius, became consul in 5
Gordon Willis Williams and Antony Spawforth
In the republic consisted of reciprocal sponsiones, and breach-of-promise actions (in the form of actions for damages) existed. The movement of classical Roman law was in the direction of removing constraint, and the term sponsalia came near to an informal agreement to marry, voidable at will (except that the intending husband was required to return such dowry as had been given to him and the intending bride was expected to return the much more usual gift from her intending husband, the donatio ante nuptias, for gifts after marriage were excluded). The betrothal was solemnized with a kiss and the intending husband put an iron *ring (anulus pronubus) on the third finger of his partner's left hand; it was the occasion for a party (also called sponsalia).
A provincial Roman lawyer of the reign of *Septimius Severus (193–211
Piero Treves, Eastland Stuart Staveley, and Andrew Lintott
Gaius Cassius Longinus (2), a great-grandson (or nephew) of the tyrannicide *Cassius of the same name, and descended on his mother's side from Servius *Sulpicius Rufus, was a senator of rigorously conservative views (Tac. Ann. 14. 42 f.) and the leading Roman lawyer under Claudius and *Nero. After a career as praetor, suffect consul, and governor of Asia (Minor) and Syria he was, despite blindness, exiled to Sardinia after the discovery of C. *Calpurnius Piso (2)'s conspiracy in 65, but *Vespasian recalled him. A pupil of *Masurius Sabinus, his senior in age and superior in intellect but inferior in social status, he founded the Cassian school (schola Cassiana, a century later called the Sabinians), a group of lawyers who insisted on a traditional and pragmatic view of the law. His views are cited by other lawyers but none of his writing survives.