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in Latin referred both to an order (e.g. the marching order or that of a legal process) as well as to groups or corporations, into which several or many persons were organized (also in the plural ordines), e.g. the Roman equites (ordo equester).

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I. Procedural law

In a procedural context the term ordo is traditionally used in the composition of the 'ordo iudiciorum' (Cod. Iust. 7,45,4). It signified the proper types of legal procedure (cf. still today: 'proper' jurisdiction)…

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Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin), Galsterer, Hartmut (Bonn), Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon) and Heimgartner, Martin (Halle), “Ordo”, 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 08 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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