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‘Master’ (generally, e.g. Cic. Leg. 2,15; Plin. Ep. 4,11,6). Domine/domina is from time immemorial the form of address used by children to their parents (Suet. Aug. 53,1; CIL X 7457 domine pater); the form also occurs between husband and wife (as in Scaevola Dig. 32,41 pr. domina uxor, Paulus Dig. 24,1,57 domine carissime), between close relatives, friends, and in commercial intercourse as well (cf. Dig. 13,5,26: to a creditor). Peculiar is the use of the word in relation to one's own children (CIL VI 11511; VI 17865; VIII 2862) or a ward (Dig. 32,37,2). In legal terms dominu…

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Schanbacher, Dietmar (Dresden), “Dominus”, 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 20 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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