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The activity of a legatus .

1) In international law, a government-ordered, occasional delegation of usually three or more legati - as messengers or provided with full authority - who acted as official representatives of Rome and reported to the Senate (legationem renuntiare: Liv. 39,33,1). Legationes presented, for example, the demand for satisfaction (rerum repetitio) required for a bellum iustum ( International law), the declaration of war (indictio belli), instructions to socii , explored the ground, arbitrated and concluded treaties. After the cli…

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Kehne, Peter (Hannover), “Legatio”, 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 29 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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