What was the Roman punishment for an unpaid debt?


The correct answer is Choice B: a court order to pay. If the debtor admitted the debt, or had been condemned in the amount of the debt by a judex, the court allowed him 30 days to pay it off. After 30 days, only if the debt remains unpaid, the debtor will ultimately be assigned over to the creditor (addictus) by the sentence of the praetor. The creditor was required to keep him for 60 days in chains and stocks, during which time he publicly exposed the debtor and proclaimed the amount of his debt. If no person released the prisoner by paying the debt, only then can the creditor sell the debtor as a slave or put him to death.

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