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Decurio, decuriones

(1,053 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) | Campbell, J. Brian (Belfast)
D. (wie decuria; D. [4] über decus(s)is aus dec- und as) meint in allg. Bed. ein Mitglied oder den Repräsentanten einer Zehner- oder Zehntel-Gruppe (vgl. dazu Dig. 50,16,239,5); keine gemeinsame Wortgeschichte besteht mit dem teilweise bedeutungsähnlichen von co-viria abgeleiteten Wort curialis. Im speziellen Sinn bezeichnet d. verschiedene Funktionsträger: [English version] [1] Mitglied einer curia in municipia und coloniae D. heißt das Mitglied einer curia in den nach röm. Recht verfaßten municipia und coloniae. Die Bestellung der normalerweise 100 d. (gelegentlich auch…


(542 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) | Walde, Christine (Basle)
(etymologically reconstructed from Lat. opi-ficium, 'doing work'; pl. officia). [German version] [1] Duty in general Generally a range of duties with a corresponding sense of duty or subordination (Sen. Ben. 3,18,1; Dig. 37,6,6; Cic. Tusc. 4,61); see Duty. Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) [German version] [2] Duties as identified in the philosophy of ethics Since Cicero, especially the duties as identified in the philosophy of ethics (as the 'Roman interpretation' of the Stoic concept of tò kathêkon, Cic. Off. 1,2,5-1,3,7); see Duty; Ethics. Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) …


(874 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) | Campbell, J. Brian (Belfast)
In general signifies an amount measured by or divided into units of 100, and can therefore relate e.g. to plots of land as well as to people. Thus the relationship to the figure 100 can be lost, the word then referring merely to a mathematically exactly measured or divided amount. [German version] A. Political Centuria is particularly used in the constitution of the Roman Republic to denote the electorate for the   comitia centuriata . In this meaning, the term probably derives from the contingent of 100 foot soldiers that, according to the histo…


(1,086 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) | Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham)
[German version] I. General The term bureaucracy has no roots in the political terminology of antiquity, but is a modern French-Greek hybrid formation (Old Fr. ‘bure’, ‘burrel’ from Lat. burra). Bureaucracy refers -- also in a critical sense -- to specific organizational structures of modern states [1]. As an ‘ideal type’ in Max Weber's definition, bureaucracy in general terms refers to a special form of legal rulership: its rulers employ officials in their administration, who -- in full-time salaried positions with a clear…


(438 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) | Meissel, Franz-Stefan (Vienna)
[German version] I. Constitutional law In Roman Republican constitutional law, the intercessio (from intercedere = to step in-between) denoted a veto against magisterial decrees (  Decretum ), against Senate resolutions (  Senatus consultum ) and against  rogations of all types presented to the various people's assemblies. It rendered decrees ineffective unless an intercessio was unlawful, as for example in the case of magisterial court decrees during an ongoing legal proceeding. Senate resolutions were reduced to mere recommendations (  auctoritas ) …


(911 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) | Willvonseder, Reinhard (Vienna)
[German version] I. General meaning Auctoritas refers to the ‘authorship’, ‘affirmation’ and ‘amplification’ of a thing and is derived from the meaning of the verb augere (‘to increase’) and especially from the verbal substantive auctor. In the legal life of Rome, the word designates various extraordinarily important institutions in the private and public spheres. Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) [German version] II. Public law In the Republic, auctoritas designates the sovereign position of the  Senate in constitutional law. The auctoritas senatus or auctoritas patrum is the …

Damnatio memoriae

(602 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) | Mlasowsky, Alexander (Hannover)
[German version] I. Historical Damnatio memoriae (DM) was the process of erasing from the (public) memory of a person (usually a Roman emperor) whose name and images are removed from public inscriptions and buildings. Underlying this measure was the religious assumption, widespread in the Roman-Hellenistic world, that meritorious rulers, like heroes, had come from the realm of the gods and returned there after their death (Cic. Rep., somnium Scipionis; Verg. Aen. 6,734ff.). If divine origin was not sufficiently evident in the successes, good deeds and virtues of…


(238 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[German version] [1] Cognomen in the gens Scribonia Cognomen in the gens Scribonia ( Scribonius). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) Bibliography ThlL, Onom. 2, 757-760 Kajanto, Cognomina 318. [German version] [2] Head of each of the 30 curiae Curio is the name traditionally given to the head of each of the 30 curiae, the old class of the Roman people between the tribus and the gentes. The curiones is assisted in his religious role by a flamen curialis; at the head of the curio was a curio maximus (Liv. 27,8,1; CIL VIII 1174) elected by all the people. We cannot delineate in detail a…


(450 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) | Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[German version] I. In civil law Defensor is not a technical legal term for the defence counsel (but probably nevertheless thus in Quint. Inst. 5,3,13), but rather had various meanings, especially as the sponsor of the defendant primarily in a civil case, and here particularly of the absent defendant ( indefensus). To take on such a defence was the duty of a friend (Dig. 4,6,22 pr.). Termed defensor civitatis, he is also the judicial representative of corporations ( universitates, Dig. 3,4,1,3), above all of statutory public bodies (e.g. communities, provinces; cf. CIL X,1201 and passim)…

Decurio, decuriones

(1,201 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) | Campbell, J. Brian (Belfast)
Decurio (cf. decuria;  Decurio [4] via decus(s)is f. dec- and as) in general usage refers to a member or representative of a group of ten or tenth-part group (cf. Dig. 50,16,239,5); there is no shared etymology with curialis, a word of partly similar meaning derived from co-viria. In its specialized sense decurio denotes various functionaries: [German version] [1] A member of a curia in municipia and coloniae A member of a   curia , in those municipia and coloniae bound by Roman Law, was called decurio. Appointment of the usually 100 decuriones (occasionally smaller numbers) was regul…


(723 words)

Author(s): Schanbacher, Dietmar (Dresden) | Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[German version] A. Privatrecht In Roman private law the term occupatio, as a technical term (most often in the form of a verb - occupare), meant the act of appropriation (Gai. Inst. 2,65-66).  As a noun it was almost exclusively used in the sense of occupation, holding (e.g. Ulp. Dig. 4,8,15). Occupatio was seen as a 'natural' mode of acquisition of ownership (alongside traditio ) in contrast to acquistion of ownership according to the ius civile ( ius A.; through mancipatio, in iure cessio, usucapio ). Foreigners (non-citizens; peregrinus ) could also acquire ownership by way of occupatio…

Comes, comites

(1,145 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) | Tinnefeld, Franz (Munich)
[German version] A. Roman Republic and Imperial period Comes (from com- and ire, ‘to go with’) in its wider sense is a companion, trusted friend, or one entrusted with duties of aid and protection towards another (Dig. 47,10,1; 47,11,1,2). In public life, already in the Republican period comes means a member of the retinue of a travelling official, especially a provincial magistrate (Gr. ε̃πόμενος; hepómenos); the comes himself may be an official, a personal friend, slave, freedmen, client or even a high dignitary (Suet. Iul. 42; Dig. 1,18,16). In its special sense, from the beginn…


(751 words)

Author(s): Scheid, John (Paris) | Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[German version] [1] Servants of the cult of the Genius Augusti The Augustales, in a few civitates also called seviri Augustales or magistri Augustales (therefore today all usually designated Augustales), were employed from 12 BC onwards in most coloniae and municipia in the western part of the empire to ensure the care of the cult of the  Genius Augusti,  Numen Augusti and  Lares Augusti. Their office is comparable to the urban Roman vicomagistri and is, like it, a reasonably low one. The largest section of the Augustales were freedmen, but ingenui were also documented among them. A…


(376 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) | Meissel, Franz-Stefan (Wien)
[English version] I. Staatsrechtlich Im röm.-republikanischen Staatsrecht bedeutet i. (von intercedere = dazwischentreten) das Veto gegen magistratische Dekrete ( decretum ), gegen Senatskonsulte ( senatus consultum ) und gegen Rogationen aller Art an die verschiedenen Volksversammlungsarten. Dekrete werden dadurch unwirksam, soweit nicht gesetzlich eine i. ausgeschlossen ist, wie z.B. gegen magistratische Gerichtsdekrete während eines laufenden Gerichtsverfahrens. Senatsbeschlüsse werden zur reinen Empfehlung ( auctoritas ) und Rogati…


(451 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) | Walde, Christine (Basel)
(etym. rekonstruiert aus lat. opi-ficium, “Werk-Verrichtung”; pl. officia). [English version] [1] Pflicht allgemein Allg. ein Kreis von Pflichten mit entsprechendem Pflicht- oder Unterordnungsbewußtsein (Sen. benef. 3,18,1; Dig. 37,6,6; Cic. Tusc. 4,61); s. Pflicht. Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) [English version] [2] philos.-ethische Pflicht Seit Cicero speziell die philos.-ethisch begründeten Pflichten (unter “röm. Interpretation” des stoischen Begriffs des kathḗkon, Cic. off. 1,2,5-1,3,7); s. Pflicht; Ethik. Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) [English version] [3] v…


(684 words)

Author(s): Scheid, John (Paris) | Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[English version] [1] Kultfunktionäre des Genius Augusti Die A., in einigen civitates auch seviri A. oder magistri A. genannt (darum h. gewöhnlich alle als A. bezeichnet), wurden von 12 v.Chr. an in den meisten Kolonien und Munizipien des westl. Teils des Imperiums eingesetzt, um den Kultus des Genius Augusti, des Numen Augusti und der Lares Augusti zu betreuen. Ihr Amt ist mit dem der stadtröm. vicomagistri zu vergleichen und ist, wie dieses, von untergeordneter Würde. Der größte Teil der A. waren Freigelassene, aber auch ingenui sind unter ihnen bezeugt. An ihrer Spitze stand…


(393 words)

Author(s): Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin) | Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[English version] I. Zivilrechtlich D. ist kein technischer Rechtsbegriff für den Verteidiger (so aber wohl bei Quint. inst. 5,3,13), sondern kommt in mehrfacher Bedeutung vor, insbes. als Sachwalter vornehmlich des zivilprozessual Beklagten, und hier speziell des abwesenden Beklagten ( indefensus). Eine solche Verteidigung zu übernehmen war Freundespflicht (Dig. 4,6,22 pr.). Unter der Bezeichnung d. civitatis ist er auch vor Gericht der Sachwalter von Korporationen ( universitates, Dig. 3,4,1,3), hierbei vor allem von öffentlich-rechtlichen Verbänden (z.B. G…

Court titles

(3,061 words)

Author(s): Mehl, Andreas (Halle/Saale) | Ameling, Walter (Jena) | Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) | Tinnefeld, Franz (Munich)
[German version] A. Antecedents in the ancient Orient Court titles (CT) and court ranks in antiquity, used for the description and creation of personal proximity of members of courtly society to the  ruler or to the hierarchical rank classification of the upper class involved in administration, are a consequence of the emergence of territorial monarchies from the time of Alexander [4] the Great and the resulting organization of  courts as centres of political rule. The question of ancient Oriental antec…


(2,555 words)

Author(s): Mehl, Andreas (Halle/Saale) | Ameling, Walter (Jena) | Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) | Tinnefeld, Franz (München)
[English version] A. Vorgänger im Alten Orient H. und Hofrangwesen der Ant. sind zur Bezeichnung und Herstellung persönl. Nähe von Mitgliedern der Hofgesellschaft zum Herrscher bzw. zur hierarch. Ranggliederung der an der Verwaltung beteiligten Oberschicht eine Folge der Entstehung territorialer Monarchien seit Alexandros [4] d.Gr. und der damit verbundenen Organisation von Höfen (Hof) als Zentren polit. Herrschaft. Die Frage nach altoriental. Vorgängern und Vorbildern für die H. der Ant. muß anhand de…
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