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I. General meaning

Auctoritas refers to the ‘authorship’, ‘affirmation’ and ‘amplification’ of a thing and is derived from the meaning of the verb augere (‘to increase’) and especially from the verbal substantive auctor. In the legal life of Rome, the word designates various extraordinarily important institutions in the private and public spheres.

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II. Public law

In the Republic, auctoritas designates the sovereign position of the  Senate

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Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) and Willvonseder, Reinhard (Vienna), “Auctoritas”, 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 11 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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