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(from infamis, in- and fama) infamy, in the narrower sense a diminishing of legal position through loss of honour. Older sources prefer ignominia, especially for the consequences of a reprimand from the  censor (nota censoria, Cic. Rep. 4,6,6). Infamia is the direct consequence of some behaviours and activities (e.g. as an actor, debtor in bankruptcy proceedings, dishonourably discharged soldier), of some sentences in a public criminal proceeding (iudicium publicum), in a civil case for actiones famosae ( actio ), including wilful damage (dolus) and breach of …

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Ebner, Constanze (Innsbruck), “Infamia”, 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 22 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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