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Chapter 100. – Cyrenius reports about the reawakening of the two hundred apparent corpses. – His increasing interest in the exotic girl. Joseph's doubts. The triple matrimonial law of ancient Rome.

100,1. And Cyrenius said to Joseph: "O friend and brother! Do not worry about the corpses; for last night almost two hundred were brought back to life, and I spent the whole morning providing them with shelter!

100,2. And if in the course of the rubble's removal more unscathed corpses are found, then they will be provided for just like the others.

100,3. See, that is all of it in a nutshell and none of it is of as much importance to me as this maiden, who, according to your most credible testimony, seems to be the daughter of a Roman patrician who was killed!

100,4. So let me find out exactly how matters stand with this child, so that I can offer everything necessary for the well being of this orphan.

100,5. See, like I told you before, I am single and childless; could she perhaps be taken care of better if, as a brother of the emperor, I would take her as my lawful wife!?

100,6. And therefore this girl's story is near to my heart, and nearer and nearer all the time!

100,7. So give me the opportunity right away to discuss and talk things over with this wonderful child!"

100,8. And Joseph said to Cyrenius: "Noble friend and brother! You tell me that you are single, but even in Tyre you told me that you are married to a woman, – only that you not have any children with her!?

100,9. Tell me, how should I understand this? – You can certainly take a second wife if the first one is barren; but how you can be single as a married man, indeed, I fail to understand! Explain yourself more clearly about this!"

100,10. And Cyrenius smiled and said: "Dear friend! I see that you are not familiar with the laws of Rome; and therefore I have to enlighten you – so listen to me!

100,11. See, we Romans have a three-fold matrimonial law, two of which are not binding, and only one is.

100,12. According to the two non-binding laws I can even marry a slave woman; but even then I would not yet have a lawful wife, but merely a legally permitted concubine, and thus I would still be single and can at any time take a lawful wife in keeping with my station.

100,13. The difference between the first two non-binding laws, is that in the first case, I can simply take a concubine, without the slightest obligation to take her as my lawful wife.

100,14. In the second case, I can also simply have the daughter from a house of appropriate standing betrothed to me by her parents, on the condition that I take her as my lawful wife and that we produce between one and three living children, at least one of which is a boy.

100,15. Only in the third case does the binding law come into effect, according to which I must first be officially married to a lawful wife in front of the altar of Hymen by a priest assigned for this purpose, at which point I would no longer be single but married.

100,16. So for us, neither the wedding (nuptias capere) nor the provisional marriage (patrimonium) reverses the single status, but only the true marriage (uxorem ducere) according to the laws as they are constituted at present.

100,17. Thus we can enter into nuptias capere, patrimonium facere and uxorem ducere, whereby only the last one reverses the single status.

100,18. See, I am all the more single as I cannot father children with the concubine, and even if I could, I would still be single as the father has no legal obligation towards the children of a concubine, unless the father would adopt them with the Emperor's consent!

100,19. So now you know everything, and therefore I implore you to acquaint me more closely with the story of this girl; for I have decided unreservedly to formally marry her now!"

100,20. When Joseph heard this from Cyrenius, he said: "If so, then I first want to inform and prepare the girl myself, so that the offer will not weaken or even kill her!"


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