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Manumissio in ecclesia
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Among Constantine’s broad legal and institutional reforms, manumissio in ecclesia (“manumission in the church”) named a new public act to release a person legally from slavery and into full Roman citizenship. The enfranchisement took the form of solemn rites performed by the owner in a church before the witnesses of its congregation and presided over by clergy (priests, the bishop), empowered like civil magistrates to become the legal guarantors.

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Manumissio in ecclesia had several class…

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Harrill, J. Albert, “Manumissio in ecclesia”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 19 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00002069>
First published online: 2020



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