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commonly put on in the same manner as the aegis, or goat-skin, by tying the two fore legs over the right shoulder so as to allow the body of the skin to cover the left side of the wearer. (Ovid. Met. vi. 593.) [J. Y.]

NECRODEIPNON (i/e/fptfcenrjw). [FuNUS, p. 557, b.)

NECYSIA (i/e/cmna). [FuNus, p. 558, a.]





NEGOTIORUM GESTORUM A'CTIO. This was an action which a man might have against another who had managed his affairs for him in his absence, without being commissioned to do so (sine mandate}. The action was not founded either on contract or delict, but was allowed for convenience sake (utilitatis causa). The person whose business was transacted by another, and the person who transacted the business, might severally have an action against one another in respect of that which " ex bona fide alterum alteri praestare oportet." The dominus negotii had a negotiorum gestorum actio directa. The action of the self-constituted agent (gestor) was sometimes called Contraria, by analogy to similar actions in other cases. He was bound to make good any loss that was incurred during his administration by dolus or culpa, and in some instances even loss that had been incurred by casus. On the other hand, he had his action for all expenses properly incurred, and in some cases, even if the result was unfortu­nate to the absent person ; as if he paid for medi­cal attendance on a sick slave, and the slave died notwithstanding all his care: but various diffi­culties might easily be suggested as to such cases as these (Dig. 3. tit. 5. s. 10), and the rule must be qualified by the condition of the thing under­taken being a thing necessary (to the owner) to be undertaken, though the result might be unpro­fitable. It was also necessary that the gestor should have undertaken the business not with the


view of doing it for nothing, but with the intention of establishing a right against the negotii dominus, though that might not be the immediate motive to undertaking the thing (Savigny,*S^/sfew5&c. iii. p. 6', note 9.) There was, however, no negotiorum ges­torum actio contraria, if the gestor had done the acts that he did, with the clear intention of doing an act of Liberalitas or Pietas. The edict allowed a man to recover the expenses that he had been put to about another man's interment, though he had no direct authority for. looking after it. The reason of the rule was, that persons might not be prevented from attending to so necessary a matter as the in­terment of a corpse, if there was no person present to whom the duty belonged. (Dig. 11. tit. 7. De Relig. et Sumptibus funerum.)

It was a much disputed question what was the effect of Ratihabitio on the negotiorum gestio, whether it was thereby turned into a Mandatmn. (See Vangerow, Pandekten, £c., iii. p. 483.) The dominus was not bound by the negotiorum gestio, except when the acts done were such as were ne­cessary to prevent some imminent loss or damage to his property, as already observed. But he might, if he pleased, confirm the negotium, though it was male gestum.

^Inst. 3. tit. 27. s. 3, &c. ; Dig. 44. tit. 7. s. 5 ; Dig. 3. tit. 5. De Negotiis Gestis; Cod. 2. tit. 19 ; Vangerow, PandeUen, &c. iii. p. 479.) [G. L.]

NEGOTIATORES, signified specially during the later times of the republic Roman citizens settled in the provinces, who lent money upon in­terest or bought up corn on speculation, which they sent to Rome as well as to other places. Their chief business however was lending money upon interest, and hence we find the words negotia, negotiatio^ and negotiari used in this sense. The negotiators are distinguished from the pullicani (Cic. ad Att. ii. 16, " malo negotiatoribus satisfacere, quam publicanis;" comp. Cic. Verr. ii. 3, pro Place. 169 pro Leg. Manil. 7), and from the mer-catores (Cic. pro Plane. 26, "negotiatoribus comis, mercatorilus Justus v). That the word negotiatores was, during the later times of the republic, always used in the signification above given is amply proved by Ernesti in the treatise quoted below, and is also sufficiently clear from the following passages (Cic. pro Place. 29, Verr. iii. 60, ad Q. Fr. i. \, pro Place. 36 ; Hirt. B. Afr. 36). Hence the negotiatores in the provinces corresponded to the argentarii and feneratores at Rome ; and ac­cordingly we find Cicero giving the name of feneratores to certain persons at Rome, and after­wards calling the very same persons negotiatores when they are in the provinces (Cic. ad Att. v. 21, vi. 1—3). Compare Ernesti, De Negotiatoribus in his Opuscula Philologica.

NEMEA (ve/, i/e^elct or re,ucua), one of the four great national festivals of the Greeks. It was held at Nemea, a place near Cleonae in Argolis. The various legends respecting its origin are re­lated in the argumenta of the Scholiasts to the Nemea of Pindar, with which may be compared Pausanias (ii. 15. § 2, &c.), and Apollodorus (iii. 6. § 4). All these legends, however, agree in stating that the Nemea were originally instituted by the Seven against Thebes in commemoration of the death of Opheltes, afterwards called Arche-morus. When the Seven arrived at Nemea, and were very thirsty, they met Hypsipile, who was carrying Opheltes, the child of the priest of Zeus

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