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1. c. propinquorum: relatives and friends were a traditional source of advice (Gell. NA 17,21) for the pater familias when he had to adjudicate family matters for wife and children (Val. Max. 5,9,1; Sen. Clem. 1,15). Calling such a family council was not obligatory, although an unjust decision drew censorial reproof (Cic. Rep. 4,6). 2. c. magistratuum: the senior magistrature would summon a consilium to advise them on judicial and administrative matters. The fact that a decision was preceded by a council was published (Cic. Att. 4,2,5). Court…

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Voß, Wulf Eckart (Osnabrück), “Consilium”, 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 29 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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