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Ateius Capĭto

Gaius. A Roman jurist of the age of Augustus and Tiberius, who was born about B.C. 30, and died about A.D. 22. Unlike his contemporary Antistius Labeo (q.v.), he recommended himself to the ruling powers by his submissive attitude. He was rewarded by many tokens of distinction; among others, by the consulship, to which he was elected in A.D. 5, before attaining the legal age. As a jurist (again unlike Antistius) he represented the conservative tendency, and so became the founder of a special school called the Sabiniani, after his pupil Masurius Sabinus, and opposed in its theory of legal interpretation to the radical school of Proculus. See Iurisprudentia.

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