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A. Concept

In Roman law, the mandatum is a contract to perform a task. The contractor (the mandatary) undertakes to the client (the mandator) to perform a service for the latter free of charge (Dig. 17,1; Cod. Iust. 4,35; Gai. Inst. 3,155-162; Inst. Iust. 3,26); if, on the other hand, a wage (merces) is agreed for the service, then an ordinary contract for a task or service ( locatio conductio operis or operarum) arises.

The mandatum is a consensual contract ( consensus ), and thus arises by means of an inf…

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Halbwachs, Verena Tiziana (Vienna), “Mandatum”, 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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