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A command of the  praetor or provincial governor based on his  imperium (e.g. Iulianus, Dig. 43,8,7) for the purpose of quickly ending disputes, especially over  possessio (possession) and quasi possessio (Gai. Inst. 4,139). It always touched upon public interests. First signs of interdicta are found in Plautus (Stich. 696; 748-750; Asin. 504-509), Terence (Eun. 319f.) and the lex Agraria of 111 BC (l. 18); Cic. De or. 1,10,41 alludes to it.

Interdicta are partly orders, e.g. exhibeas (upon presentation) or restituas (upon restitution), hence interdicta exhibitor…

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Schanbacher, Dietmar (Dresden), “Interdictum”, 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 28 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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