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Ager publicus
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It is possible that there was already an ager publicus (AP), public land, on Rome's territory in the city's early period. However, the largest part of the AP was created through confiscation of defeated peoples' territories inside and outside of Italy and of royal lands such as the Attalici agri in the former kingdom of Pergamum. The ager publicus populi Romani was used for some time to varying degrees for equally divided assignations, the foundation of Roman and Latin colonies in conquered territories and the distribution of land to the p…

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Crawford, Michael Hewson (London), “Ager publicus”, 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 13 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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