Brill’s New Pauly

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The authority of Roman magistrates to intervene where they judged the public order had been violated by citizens and non-citizens, restricting their rights and exercising sovereign power. This authority ranges from an interim order (interdicta) via the forced collection of public claims, the imposition of fines (multae), arrests (vincula, prensio), seizing of property (pignoris capio), [corporal] punishment (verbera), right up to the imposition of capital punishment (c. plenissima, c. capitalis, Dig. 7,1,17,1; 50,16,200). Even in the early republic…

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Gizewski, Christian (Berlin), “Coercitio”, 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 19 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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