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In the Roman period, the term vilicus (from villa , 'house/estate') generally described an estate administrator, but sometimes also lower administrative personnel in private or public service (Caesaris vilicus: ILS 1612; 1617; 1620; 1621; 1795; 5453; 7368; in tax collection: ILS 1557; 1565; 1854; 1857; 1862; 1865). A typical vilicus was a slave (Slavery) or a freedman charged by a permanently absent landowner with administrating a medium-sized estate with slaves. Such estates were widespread in Italy from the 2nd cent. BC until the 3rd…

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Rathbone, Dominic (London), “Vilicus”, 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 21 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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