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first occurs in Pliny (HN 9,35,117 mancupatio) in place of mancipium (mancupium), to describe an ancient Roman civil law action establishing power over persons ( mancipium ) or objects ( dominium ).

The mancipatio procedure for the 2nd cent. AD is depicted as follows (Gai. Inst. 1,119): in the presence of five witnesses and a bearer of the scales (libripens), all of them Roman citizens of full age ( quirites ), the person receiving the object declares as follows: a) that he is the owner under Quiritary law, and: b) that he has purchased the object w…

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Schanbacher, Dietmar (Dresden), “Mancipatio”, 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 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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