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The name patricii was given to the descendents of the patres, who were the heads of the great Roman families represented in the senatus ; the patriciate then formed the hereditary estate of the nobility in Rome. The historiographic tradition traces the origins of the patriciate back to Rome's foundation: Romulus himself is said to have formed the Senate (Cic. Rep. 2,23), with the original number of senators given as 100 (Liv. 1,8,7; Dion. Hal. Ant. Rom. 2,8,3; Plut. Romulus 13,2). At first, the people took part in the selection o…

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von Ungern-Sternberg, Jürgen (Basle), “Patricii”, 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 23 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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