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Manus iniectio
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[German version]

‘Laying on hand’ occurs twice in connection with the most ancient type of Roman trial, the legis actio : first, anyone wishing to accuse another may, if the defendant refuses to attend, force him to appear before the praetor by manus iniectio, i.e. the use of force. The defendant may escape only by means of a vindex (a person who guarantees the appearance of the defendant at a fixed later date; see lex XII tab. 1-4).

The second context for this a measure of compulsion - also involving a vindex - was that of the enforcement of a confirmed debt (legis actio per manus iniectionem, lex X…

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Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin), “Manus iniectio”, 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 15 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e721810>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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