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The basic meaning of the Latin verb expedire is ‘to remove the foot from its bond’, in a military context it means ‘to make ready’, ‘to make ready for battle’. Expeditio is the term for a hunt (Arnob. 3,21: venationum praepotens [...] in expeditionibus Diana), but especially for a campaign against an enemy and thus originally for only a part of warfare (bellum), as suggested by the division of the expeditio into march and battle (Liv. 3,12,5: egregia facinora nunc in expeditionibus, nunc in acie). Expeditio as the term for operations within a larger war is found i…

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Rosenberger, Veit (Augsburg), “Expeditio”, 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 19 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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