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Cognati

 

(Latin, literally “relatives”), in Roman law, persons who are legally recognized as relatives by blood on the mother’s side as well as blood relatives in general. In the late empire, they could be included as heirs along with agnates.

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Tale concezione mondana dell'amore (fol amors) porterebbe ad esiti opposti a quelli auspicati dalle donne esemplari del Limbo, e cioe alla disgregazione civile: i due cognati non a caso vengono accomunati a Semiramide, che "libito fe licito in sua legge" (Inf.
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