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(Greek ἄγγελοι/ángeloi, πρέσβεις/présbeis, ἀπόστολοι/apóstoloi; Lat. missi, nuntii). Despite a lively inter-state exchange, antiquity had no fixed institution for maintaining contact with foreign states through envoys in the sense of constant representation. Envoys were mostly appointed for a certain period, for certain duties and with set competencies. The importance of the work is shown from the fact that they were never appointed by  lot but in Greece as a rule were selected by the public assembly and in Rome by the Senate. In the process…

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Eder, Walter (Berlin), “Envoys”, 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 25 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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