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Derived from manēre (‘to stay’), mansio is the term for a sojourn or stopover (Cic. Att. 8,15,2; 9,5,1) as well as the station on a Roman road where one stops for rest and food (Plin. HN 6,96; 6,102). It is also used in the sense of accommodation (SEG 26, 1392 l. 23; Suet. Tit. 10,1). Consequently mansio also represents the stretch between two such places (Plin. HN 12,52; Lactant. De mort. pers. 45) or the travelling time taken, a day's journey (Plin. HN 12,64; CIL V 2108 = ILS 8453). Furthermore mansio came to mean a building (CIL VI 30745 = ILS 4353; CIL VI 2158 = ILS…

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Kolb, Anne (Frankfurt/Main), “Mansio”, 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 22 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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