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A. Definition

The Latin term munificentia is derived from munificus (‘one who carries out the duties of office’, ‘munificent’), an adjective in turn derived from munia ( munus ) and facere. The term munificientia, used by Sallustius to characterise Caesar's generosity (Sall. Catil. 54,2), is found neither in Caesar nor in Cicero (but cf. munificentissimus: Cic. Q. Rosc. 22). In Sallustius and Livy (Liv. 5,3,8)  munificentia describes the gifts or favo…

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Corbier, Mireille (Paris), “Munificentia”, 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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