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I. Meaning of the term

The Latin term denoted politicians of the late Roman Republic who declared themselves to act with the assistance, and in the interests of, the people ( populus ); however, terminological and not infrequently factual blurring arose from the fact that the root adjective popularis at first meant 'belonging to the people', 'concerning the people', then concurrently 'popular' and 'in the interests of …

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von Ungern-Sternberg, Jürgen (Basle), “Populares”, 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 19 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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