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(assiduus, from adsideo) meaning ‘settled’. As a technical term in legal language it was considered a synonym of locuples, the opposite term was proletarius (Varro in Non. p. 67 M.). Therefore, it described ‘someone who was settled on his property’. The XII Tables decreed: Adsiduo vindex adsiduus esto. Proletario iam civi (or civis) qui volet vindex esto (Gell. NA 16,10,5).

Adsiduus and proletarius are one of the pairs of opposites so frequently encountered in the archaic legal language of Rome [4.182]. As their etymological discussion suffi…

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von Ungern-Sternberg, Jürgen (Basle), “Adsiduus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 02 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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