Pagus(449 words)

Galsterer, Hartmut (Bonn)

[German version]

(Pl. pagi, etymologically related to pangere and pax; 'region with fixed borders'). The Latin pagus refers to the non-urbanized 'district', whose population lived in individual farms and villages (vici; see vicus ), possibly with one or more oppida ( oppidum ) serving as a refuge; the pagus was the customary form of settlement for many Italian tribes, esp. the Oscan population of the mountainous regions of Central Italy [4] and among the Celts of Upper Italy [2]. The Romans used pagus as the designation for the subdivision of an urban territory.

The pagi in the Roman Con…

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Galsterer, Hartmut (Bonn). "Pagus." Brill’s New Pauly. Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider. Brill Online, 2014. Reference. 26 October 2014 <http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/brill-s-new-pauly/pagus-e903730>
First appeared online: 2006
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