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(lit. ‘hand’) was the power (akin to patria potestas) which a Roman husband might have over his wife. In early times it perhaps covered not only (as later) control of property, but the right, after due process, to execute. By entry into manus a woman was freed from any previous paterfamilias and entered the husband's family, coming under his control or that of his paterfamilias, merging her property in his, and gaining succession rights on intestacy equivalent to those of his children (see inheritance, roman). By the end of the republic, manus was evidently uncommon. See marriage law, roman.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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