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Liberalitas, largitio
(1,766 words)

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A. Etymology and development of the word's meaning

The term liberalitas (= li.) denotes, on an abstract level, an attribute (cf. Sen. Dial. 7,24,3: ... quia a libero animo proficiscitur, ita nominata est), in a particular case an act of generosity. The term largitio (= la.) belongs to the area of gifts, as does li.; derived from the adjective largus (in the original sense of …

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Corbier, Mireille (Paris) and Schneider, Helmuth (Kassel), “Liberalitas, largitio”, 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 26 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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