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Transitio ad plebem
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[German version]

Transfer of a patrician ( patricii ) to the plebs . If the individual concerned was a citizen free from the 'paternal power' ( patria potestas ), the TP took place by arrogatio, and if he was subject to the power of the father, it was by adoptio by a plebeian (Adoption; cf. Gell. NA 5,19,1-9), who could release him from his patria potestas ( emancipatio ). The best-known case of a TP (by arrogatio) is that of P. Clodius [I 4] Pulcher, who wanted to stand for the people's tribunate in 59 BC (Cic. Dom. 34-41; Cass. Dio 37,51,1 f.; 39,11,2) [1. 563 f.; 2]. Also confirmed is the TP of Cornel…

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de Libero, Loretana (Hamburg), “Transitio ad plebem”, 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 17 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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