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Auctoratus, Auctoramentum
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An auctoratus is, according to Gai. Inst. 3,199, a dependent person, who is named together with the minor children and wives as well as the indentured servants (iudicati). The position of the auctoratus probably rested on a willing subjection by oath (auctoramentum), perhaps also on a duty of service on behalf of the  pater familias of the auctoratus to the employer. Since the end of the Republic, a free man could commit himself as auctoratus as a  gladiator, which did not protect him from the  infamia which was otherwise associated with the position of a gladiato…

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Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen), “Auctoratus, Auctoramentum”, 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 25 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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