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[1] Legal action

An action, especially a legal action (Dig. 49,1,12) i. a. defining characteristic of  alienatio : omnis a., per quem dominium transfertur, Cod. Iust. 5,23,1. Formal legal actions in accordance with the old  ius civile , e.g. the  mancipatio , are described as acti legitimi. Any added condition renders them ineffective. Additionally, actus can mean a utility ( servitus ), for example the right to drive draught animals and beasts of burden …

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Schanbacher, Dietmar (Dresden), Mlasowsky, Alexander (Hannover), Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg) and Nesselrath, Heinz-Günther (Göttingen), “Actus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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