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Senatus
(2,467 words)

(the Roman Senate).

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I. Age of kings

According to Roman tradition, the senatus existed as an advisory body for governing the state from the age of the kings onwards. Romulus [1] was said to have established a council of 100 members (Liv. 1,8,7; Dion. Hal. Ant. Rom. 2,12,1; Fest. s.v. patres, p. 288; Ov. Fast. 3,127) which was later expanded to 300. The individual pieces of information about this are probably later constructions. It is plausible that a council of older men (senatus is related to senex: [1…

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Kierdorf, Wilhelm (Cologne), “Senatus”, 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 16 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1108330>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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