Mancipium sentence example
- The debtor being seized for debt could nominate as mancipium or hostage to work off the debt, his wife, a child, or slave.
- The creditor could only hold a wife or child three years as mancipium.
- If the mancipium died a natural death while in the creditor's possession no claim could lie against the latter; but if he was the cause of death by cruelty, he had to give son for son, or pay for a slave.
- The man was responsible for debts contracted by his wife, even before her marriage, as well as for his own; but he could use her as a mancipium.
- A curious extension of the talio is the death of creditor's son for his father's having caused the death of debtor's son as mancipium; of builder's son for his father's causing the death of house-owner's son by building the house badly; the death of a man's daughter because her father caused the death of another man's daughter.Advertisement
- This suggested a regular procedure, according to which the father sold his son thrice into mancipium, while after each sale the fictitious vendee enfranchized the son, by manumissio vindicta, i.e.
- If the mancipium died a natural death under the creditor's hand, the creditor was scot free.