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Patronus
(1,107 words)

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A. Definition

In Roman hierarchical relationships, the term patronus refers to the person of higher rank and correlates thus with the term cliens ; the patronus took the cliens into his fides.

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B. Private law

The patronus was the holder of a right to control, initially probably as a comprehensive authority over friends (guests) and freedmen, but from about the …

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Lintott, A. W. (Oxford) and Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen), “Patronus”, 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 05 August 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e910210>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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