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Senatus consultum
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[German version]

[1] A formal resolution of the Roman Senate

(SC; sometimes senatus sententia: ILS 18; 35a; 8208; informally also senatus decretum, e.g. Cic. Mil. 87; Cic. Sest. 32, or in archaic form senati decretum: Sall. Cat. 30,3 and passim). The formal resolution by which the Roman Senate pronounced advice or instructions at the request (consulere) of magistrates; while not binding legally, it was in practice: in the Imperial Period, to some extent it even acquired f…

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Kierdorf, Wilhelm (Cologne) and Klose, Dietrich (Munich), “Senatus consultum”, 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 24 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1108400>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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