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iniecique manum, a legal term for which cf. Amor. I. iv. 40, “et dicam mea sunt, iniciamque manum”, ib. II. v. 30, “iniciam dominas in mea iura manus”, Virg. Aen.X. 419, “iniecere manum Parcae.” Iniectio manus was the formal act of seizure which set up the claim to property in dispute, as in the case of Virginia, Liv.iii. XLIV. 6. Where buildings or lands were in dispute, the praetor had to accompany the litigants to the spot for the observance of this form. As the Roman territory extended this became impossible, and legal fictions took its place, on which Cicero throws ridicule (pro Murena XII. §§ 26-7). fortemque . . . misi, ‘and sent the hero forth to do heroic deeds.’ Cf. Virg. Aen.VI. 812, “missus in imperium magnum”, which recurs ib. XI. 47, and on which Henry quotes its imitation by Silius (xiii. 854) “veniet . . . in longum imperium”.
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