Société Internationale Fernand de Visscher pour l’Histoire des Droits de l’Antiquité (SIHDA)

Du Plessis, P. (Speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


'Deconstructing deductio ex mercede': In recent years, Romanist scholars have attempted to reconstruct a remedy from the legal rule stated in D 19 2 27pr [Alfenus Varus] which enabled tenants of urban property to unilaterally deduct an amount of rent where acts of God impaired their use and enjoyment. Owing to the paucity of textual evidence about this remedy, reconstructing it has been difficult. This paper provides a new perspective on conventional reconstructions of this remedy in light of the use of contractual middlemen as property managers during the final century of the Roman Republic.
PeriodSep 2003
Event typeConference
LocationClermont-Ferrand, France


  • locatio conductio rei
  • acts of God
  • vis maior
  • urban rent abatement
  • deductio ex mercede
  • remissio mercedis