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Mensor
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[German version]

was the Latin term for technical experts who carried out measurements in the broadest sense of the word. Mensores agrarii (agrimensores, geometrae, gromatici, surveyor) were responsible in both civil and military domains for marking out surfaces, laying out roads, aqueducts, and building camps. This activity gained great importance during the 1st cent. BC, as a consequence of the allocation of land to veterans. According to the representation on the gravestone of L. Aebutius Faustus (CIL V 6786 = ILS 7736), their main instrument was the groma. Mensores aedificiorum

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Schulzki, Heinz-Joachim (Mannheim), “Mensor”, 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 02 August 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e733600>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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