Freedmen in Roman Law

By: Anavitarte, E. J.*

The freedmen, from the Latin liberti, represent the Roman social class made up of people who have been freed from slavery, that is, those manumitted. The release had to be done legally, to grant the status of freed.

They always had a consideration of social inferiority in the Roman world, but at a legal level they resembled an ordinary free man, except for the duties they had with their former master.

Thus, freed people continued a certain relationship of dependence with the master who had freed them, no longer as slaves, but as clients. His previous master would come to be called patron, from the Latin patronus.

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