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Puer, pueri
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In Latin puer is used: (1) to describe male slaves of any age (like the Greek παῖς/paîs); (2) to distinguish a free male child from a female one (puella); and (3) to indicate a stage of life (Dig. 50,16,204). According to Festus (307), 'the ancients' (antiqui) named their slaves Marcipor, Quintipor, etc., to express the master-slave relationship of Marcus or Quintus to each por = puer. A slave remained a puer until freed because his physical development, unlike that of a free child, would not lead to legal majority (Sen. Ep. 47,7). Latin lacks a ter…

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Eder, Walter (Berlin), “Puer, pueri”, 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 16 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1014420>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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