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Examples of Agnate
This was not much of an improvement; and the principle of agnate succession is the only point in which Roman law failed to give to women those equal rights which it allowed them in other cases.
In the days of the Empire some attempts were made to be more just.
It was enacted that all the children should be called to the estate, whether they had been under the power of the testator at the time of his death or not; and female relatives were now allowed to come in for their share "in the third degree," that is, if there was neither a child or an agnate surviving.
Thus, an aunt would not be called to the estate of a nephew who died childless, but the uncle was regularly admitted.
So, too, a nephew was admitted to the intestate succession of an uncle, who died without issue, but the niece was shut out.