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.
In the Republic, auctoritas designates the sovereign position of the Senate …
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Willvonseder, Reinhard (Vienna),
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