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Aediles
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The original scope of duties of the aediles is still unexplained. Aediles points to aedes (temple) and thus to public buildings; the usual equation in Greek of  agoranomoi leads to an association with market duties (Just. Epit. 21,5,7).

Roman tradition (Liv. 3,55,6 f.) places the first two aediles (plebeii) at the side of the tribuni plebis active since 494 BC, probably as assistants in administrative duties at the Temple of Ceres (aedes Cereris Liberi Liberaeque), the cultic centre of the  plebs , and during market business at the nearby Forum Boarium. Perha…

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Gizewski, Christian (Berlin), “Aediles”, 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 24 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e104240>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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