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manceps , ĭpis, m. manus-capio,
I.a purchaser of any thing at a public auction, a renter, farmer, contractor, etc. (syn.: redemtor, exactor).
I. Lit.: manceps dicitur, qui quid a populo emit conducitve, quia manu sublata significat se auctorem emptionis esse: qui idem praes dicitur, Paul. ex Fest. p. 151 Müll.: “postremo ne in praedae quidem societate mancipem aut praedem ... reperire potuisti,Cic. Dom. 18, 48: “si res abiret ab eo mancipe, quem ipse apposuisset,contractor for building, Cic. Verr. 2, 1, 54, § 141: “hominis studiosissimi nobilitatis manceps fit Chrysogonus,the purchaser, id. Rosc. Am. 8, 21: “mancipes a civitatibus pro frumento pecuniam exegerunt,the contractors with the government, farmers, id. Div. in Caecil. 10, 33; id. Dom. 10, 25: “nullius rei neque praes neque manceps,Nep. Att. 6, 3: “aliquis praevalens annonam flagellet,” i. e. a forestaller, speculator, Plin. 33, 13, 57, § 164: “sutrinae,a keeper of a stall, id. 10, 43, 60, § 122; Plin. Ep. 3, 19: “operarum,one who hires laborers to let them out again, Suet. Vesp. 1; “itinera fraude mancipum et incuria magistratuum interrupta,a farmer of the revenue, farmer-general, Tac. A. 3, 31: “VIAE APPIAE,Inscr. Orell. 3221.—
II. Transf.
A. A surety, bondsman, bail, = praes: “ego mancipem te nihil moror,Plaut. Curc. 4, 2, 29.—*
B. One who hires people to applaud: “conducti et redempti mancipes,Plin. Ep. 2, 14, 4.—*
C. The owner, proprietor, or possessor of a thing: “deus et manceps divinitatis,Tert. Apol. 11.—
D. A master, chief: carceris, i. e. jailer, Prud. στεφ. 5, 345; Tert. de Spect. 10.
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