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[1] Public announcement by magistrates

Edictum (from edicere) is a binding public announcement by Roman office bearers ( magistratus ), which presented either concrete orders or a ‘governmental agenda’ [1. 58] for the coming term of office. The word suggests an originally oral announcement [2. 178], but the historically documented form is a recording on an  album (‘white wooden plate’) at the magistrate's office. Liter…

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Willvonseder, Reinhard (Vienna), Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin), Noethlichs, Karl Leo (Aachen) and Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen), “Edictum”, 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 12 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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