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Domesticus
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[German version]

In the general sense, a slave in a house (domus), or a person bound to the family or to the head of the household (Dig. 48,19,11,1).

However, the word having originally signified the opposite of publicius, during the Republic it already entered the political sphere, to designate the entire cohors of a Roman provincial governor: free and unfree servants (servi, ministri), subordinate officials (apparitores, officiales), even subordinates assigned by statute (adiutores, comites, consiliarii) and the military escort. Although Cicero advised that there sh…

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Gizewski, Christian (Berlin), “Domesticus”, 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 26 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e322290>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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