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Furor
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The expression for  mental illness in Roman law. The person affected by this, the furiosus, according to the Twelve Tables (c. 450 BC), found himself in a special relationship of authority and dependence (foster-care, cura furiosi). The agnate ( agnatio ) and, when needed, in early times the gentile ( gens ) were entitled to the office of the curator (Cic. Inv. 2,148; Rhet. Her. 1,23). The position of the curator, similar to that of a trustee, corresponded to a great extent to that of a guardian ( tutela ) and was valid not only for the person but also for the property of the furi…

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Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen), “Furor”, 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 18 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e417040>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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