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Since the 16th century, patricians was increasingly the name given to members of those families that had previously been described as the wisest, most honorable, and richest: the “better” families of the city or town. In the Old Empire, Humanism and the reception of ius commune led to the adoption of this title applied originally to the noble families of ancient Rome, who had been considered founding fathers (Latin patres) there [1. 1–3]. In the city stat…

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Schultz, Helga, “Patriciate”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025352>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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