Populus Romanus: the 4 urban and 31 rural tribus in Italy (c. 500–241 BC)
The term tribus denoted divisions, initially exclusively according to ethnic group, of the Roman people. Since the 6th cent. it had also always referred to their place of residence. Varro (Ling. 5,55) derives the term from the three tribes of the Tities, Ramnes and Luceres, but the etymology is uncertain. The tribus were named geographically, like the four urban tribus (tribus urba-nae – Palatina, Esquilina, Collina, Suburana, cf. map C), or by gens (‘clan’), like the rural tribus Claudia, named after the Sabine Claudii, who…
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Winkle, C. and
“Populus Romanus: the 4 urban and 31 rural tribus in Italy (c. 500–241 BC)”, in:
Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, Edited by: Anne-Maria Wittke, Eckart Olshausen, Richard Szydlak, in collaboration with: Vera Sauer and other specialists.
Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps3_BNPA106>