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primarily refers to commerce, but also to the right of productively engaging in certain legal transactions concerning the turnover of goods (Ulp. 19,5: emendi vendendique invicem ius) or to the status of being subject to private business law. The Latins of the Latin League had been entitled to commercium with the Romans since ancient times. Although it did not open all types of transactions to them, it gave them the important mancipatio (including the testamentum per aes et libram, (Ulp. 19,4). Latini colonarii and other peregrini could receive the commercium as a…

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Apathy, Peter (Linz), “Commercium”, 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 16 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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