Status, slavery and citizenship

  1. Through Praetorian innovation, the commercial transactions of slaves could legally bind their owners. List these innovations and discuss the principle underpinning these.
  2. Which factors determined a person’s status at law? What do these reveal about the Roman legal concept of persona?
  3. What is patriapotestas and how did it affect the status and legal capacity of children in power? Are there any parallels with between the position at law of the son in power and the slave?
  4. Explain how the legal reforms during the reigns of Augustus and Justinian respectively changed the law on manumission.
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