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(etymologically probably from  sub- and fragor, 'din'). Describes a military assembly's indication of approval by clashing weapons [5], but the meaning of the term changed several times [4]). In the Republic, technically suffragium means an electing body, ballot or vote in legislative, judicial and elective votes in the People's Assembly ( Comitia ) and in a quaestio court, not the method of voting (Cic. Leg. 3,15,33-39). Under the emperors suffragium predominantly describes the personal assistance given by a  suffragator - also found in the Republic as a c…

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Heider, Ulrich (Cologne), “Suffragium”, 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 10 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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