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Defensor
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I. In civil law

Defensor is not a technical legal term for the defence counsel (but probably nevertheless thus in Quint. Inst. 5,3,13), but rather had various meanings, especially as the sponsor of the defendant primarily in a civil case, and here particularly of the absent defendant (indefensus). To take on such a defence was the duty of a friend (Dig. 4,6,22 pr.). Termed defensor civitatis, he is also the judicial representative of corporations (universitates, Dig. 3,4,1,3), above all of statutor…

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Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) and Gizewski, Christian (Berlin), “Defensor”, 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 31 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e312630>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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