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Emptio venditio
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The emptio venditio applied to the exchange of goods for money. The detailed interest taken by Roman jurists in this economically important contract has led to the development of many legal institutions that have left their fundamental stamp on the patterns and procedures of civil law to this day.

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A. The precursor: Mancipatio

In the oldest form of Roman law, purchase was a cash transaction: with the  Mancipatio , the conclusion of the…

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Gamauf, Richard (Vienna), “Emptio venditio”, 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 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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