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Quirites
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Populus Romanus Quirites (or, later, Quiritium) was the official term for the Roman citizenry. It contains the name of the city (Romanus) and that of the populus (Quirites), as with Ardea (Ardeates Rutuli) and Lavinium (Laurentes Lavinates), where the name of the city stood alongside that of the people living there. The singular form, Quiris, survives only in archaic formulae (Fest. 304: ollus Quiris).

The etymological derivation of the term is still disputed. The Romans themselves wished to separate Quirites neither from the god Quirinus nor the Quirinal Hill (Mons Q…

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Galsterer, Hartmut (Bonn), “Quirites”, 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 13 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1017780>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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