Brill’s New Pauly

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A. Term

The junction of three or more roads is called a compitum (ThlL, s.v. 2075, 77ff.). It was the site of altars, chapels and other monuments (also called compita) at which farmers and their servants prayed in fundi villaeque conspectu (Cic. Leg. 2,27) to the Lares, offered sacrifices and where adjoining residents met for consultation (Trebatius in Serv. Georg. 2,382). Whatever older ideas one may assume to lie behind this custom (on this debate: Wissowa-Samter …

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Scholz, Udo W. (Würzburg), “Compitalia”, 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 28 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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