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Nervus
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[German version]

An iron chain used to tether a debtor's feet  (ferreum vinculum, quo pedes impediuntur, Fest. 162,1-2). According to the Twelve Tables (Lex XII tab. 3,3),  a creditor was apparently permitted to use the nervus to take the debtor into a kind of coercive detention, if the latter did not pay his debts despite having been sentenced. 

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Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen), “Nervus”, 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 24 July 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e820780>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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