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Cuadernos de historia de España

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FRIGHETTO, Renan. Aspectos Teóricos e Prácticos da Legitimidade do Poder Régio na Hispania Visigoda: o Exemplo da Adoptio. Cuad. hist. Esp. [online]. 2005, vol.79, pp.237-245. ISSN 0325-1195.

The practice of Adoptio, understood in the Republican period as the juridical relationship between individuals without a direct blood relationship, began to gain new connotations after the second half of the second century B.C. Since then, its juridical interpretation started to be minimized on behalf of a political and ideological perspective that linked it to the strengthening of the imperial power. The best example of the several adoptiones carried out in the early imperial period was that of Trajan, the Optimus princeps in the perspective laid out by Pliny the Younger, in the famous eulogy in honor of that imperator. Even during the late imperial period we may find examples of adoptiones, although these, such as with Constantine or Julian, gained a new connotation, that of consortios regni. Such perspective, in our opinion, was kept alive even in the Late Antiquity, being observed in the Hispanic Visigothic kingdom of Toledo in the late sixth century and during the entire seventh century. In the present work, we'll seek to investigate the relationships between the consortio regnum and the adoptio within the framework of the process of transmission of power in the dynastic domain which aimed at strengthening the royalty as an institution and at quelling the disputes among the Hispanic Visigothic clan groups.

Palabras clave : Royal power; Hispania; Adoptio; Visigothic kingdom.

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