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[1] Guardianship

(Latin 'guardianship', from tueri, 'to protect').

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I. Basis and typology of guardianship

Tutela occurred in Roman law as tutela over those not yet of age (impuberes) and women (tutela mulierum), and concerned those who were not subject to the personal power of the 'father of the family' ( pater familias ) or the husband ( manus ), and were thus persons 'in their own right' (sui iuris). The Twelve Tables ( tabulae…

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Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen) and Sehlmeyer, Markus (Jena), “Tutela”, 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 01 April 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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