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Rei vindicatio
(691 words)

[German version]

('laying claim to a thing', still 'Vindikation' in modern German legal usage). Originally the (ritual) laying of a staff on an object or a slave; in Roman law of the Principate, the claim of a Quiritarian owner (i.e. one in possession of Roman citizenship), not in possession, against the possessor for establishment of ownership, relinquishment and, where called for, pecuniary compensation.

The RV superseded the ancient sacramental action in rem ( legis actio sacramento in rem) with its solemn rituals before the president of the court (king, consul, praet…

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Schanbacher, Dietmar (Dresden), “Rei vindicatio”, 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 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1020100>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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