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(Greek ἀυλή/aulḗ, Lat. aula, comitatus).

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A. General

Like territorial monarchy,  monarchia, the court as ‘the extended residence’ of a monarch is a post-classical phenomenon of ancient history that does not appear until the end of the political dominance of municipal community life. The courts, which originated in the  oíkos of a Greek nobleman and the  domus of a Roman nobleman were, in contrast to those ‘houses’ no longer incorporated into the city commun…

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Winterling, Aloys (Bielefeld), “Court”, 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 08 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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