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Tribus
(1,545 words)

Subunit of the Roman population ( populus ), arranged solely on a local basis according to residence from at least the Republican period.

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I. Meaning and oldest form

Roman etymology already derived tribus from its recollection of tres ('three'), the number of the oldest tribus. According to Varro (Ling. 5,55), the Roman territory was at first divided into three parts, and the term tribus derived from the Titi(ens)es, Ramnes and Luceres (ager Romanus primum div…

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Galsterer, Hartmut (Bonn), “Tribus”, 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 07 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1220200>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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