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Collega

(674 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[German version] Collega generally means the individual who is working together with others to arrange something (from con and leg), including, for example, the member of an association or a corporate body (Dig. 27,1,42; 46,3,101 pr., 50,16,85). In politics, a collega is in particular an official associate in court, administration and government (Dig. 50,16,173 pr.: collegarum appellatione hi continentur, qui sunt eiusdem potestatis). The collegae in the republican offices of consul, praetor, censor, aedile, quaestor and tribune of the people are entitled an…

Nobilissimus

(174 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[German version] The word nobilis (pl. nobiles ), in the Republican period and the Imperial period of the first two cents. AD, presumably denotes in particular the members of a senatorial family which included several consuls. From the 3rd cent. AD, with the increasing prevalence of court titles (Court titles C.,) it served to designate especially distinguished members of both the senatorial class and the imperial household (Dig. 1,2,2,43: members of the Senate; Cod. Iust. 6,23,19: members of the sacrum consistorium). From it was derived - probably from the reign…

Curator rei publicae

(198 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[German version] The office of the curator rei publicae (CRP) is first documented for the turn of the 1st to the 2nd cent. AD and is one of the imperial offices held by the equestrian class. It corresponds roughly to the office of the λογιστής ( logistḗs; Cod. Iust. 1,54,3; Dig. 1,22,6) known from Hellenistic times. If appointed by the emperor (Dig. 50,8,12), the CRP assumes the responsibilities of a state procurator (Dig. 1,19, tit . de officio procuratoris Caesaris vel rationalis) -- if necessary -- in the technically autonomous foreign civitates or in the municipia and coloniae governed by Roman law, in case the cities fail to fulfil their tax or other obligations to the fiscus. The CRP exists since Cons…

Assectator

(128 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[German version] Adsectari/assectari (to stubbornly follow close behind) also describes the elements of the statutory offence of persecuting a respectable person in need of protection contra bonos mores (Gai. 3,220; Cod. lust. 47,10,15,19 ff.). In the political and societal realm, assectator denotes the party supporter, adherent or loyal companion for the most part of a person seeking public office. In his self-portrayal of patrons, Cicero (Mur. 70) differentiates three groups of clients in the adsectatio: una salutatorum, cum domum veniunt, altera deductorum, tertia…

Capite censi

(143 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[German version] Literally ‘those who are counted by the head’, but meaning ‘those who are counted only by the head’, i.e. who are not liable for taxation because their assets fall below the census minimum. The alternative term to describe them is proletarii (Cic. Rep. 2,22,40). This group is to be distinguished from the lowest assessment class, the infra classem (in the earlier republican period below two iugera of land or 11,000 asses; from the end of the 2nd cent. BC probably 4,000 asses), which included the capite censi. The infra classem were not expected to provide arms for mili…

Candidatus

(444 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[German version] Generally a person clothed in white; the colour white can express flawlessness, festive rejoicing, and a pleasant mood (Quint. 2,5,19; Hor. Sat. 1,5,41; Plin. Ep. 6,11,3). In Rome it was customary as early as the 5th cent. BC for candidates for public office to wear white robes (Liv. 4,25,13; 39,39,2; Pers. 5,177; Isid. Orig. 19,24). Thereafter, candidatus became the specific term for a candidate for public office. In the republican period, an applicant for an office that was appointed by public election was obliged to declare himself (

Diptychon

(271 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[German version] (from the Greek δίς; dís = two times and πτύσσω; ptýssō = fold) can refer to anything folded or appearing as a double, such as mussel shells or twins (Eur. Orest. 633 or respectively Ambr. Hex. 6,8,25), but in particular refers to a folded piece of writing on paper or parchment, or two foldable linked writing tablets ─ or a writing tablet with lid ─ and a writing surface made from wax, gypsum or other, mostly light-coloured, material (λεύκωμα; leúkōma), which would be written on with a stylus, a reed, or a brush. As diptycha protected texts against damage or forgery, it be…

Album

(308 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[German version] [1] see  Writing materials see  Writing materials Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) [German version] [2] White board for the publication of official announcements The term album designates a white ( albus) board for the publication of official announcements from various Roman offices and also for court decisions ( in albo propositio: Dig. 2,1,7). Of particular significance is also the album praetoris, which contained complaints or other types of applications, authorized by the praetor in his role as court of justice, as well as the formulas f…

Censores

(732 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[German version] Former consuls seem to have been chosen as officers of the census for the first time in 443 BC by a lex de creandis censoribus, the purpose being to free the consuls of this duty (Liv. 4,8,3; similarly Dion. Hal. Ant. Rom. 2,62). The tradition of the office being held in common by a patrician and a plebeian probably becomes the norm only after the leges Liciniae Sextiae of 367. Regular censuses every five years ( lustrum) made a regular election of censors necessary from this time. But there were occasional departures from the prescribed interval; even, d…

Coercitio

(359 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[German version] The authority of Roman magistrates to intervene where they judged the public order had been violated by citizens and non-citizens, restricting their rights and exercising sovereign power. This authority ranges from an interim order ( interdicta) via the forced collection of public claims, the imposition of fines ( multae), arrests ( vincula, prensio), seizing of property ( pignoris capio), [corporal] punishment ( verbera), right up to the imposition of capital punishment ( c. plenissima, c. capitalis, Dig. 7,1,17,1; 50,16,200). Even in the early republican period, coercitio was limited to specific areas of jurisdiction. Furthermore, the provocation laws ( leges Valeriae and Porciae de provocatione of …

Comitia

(1,614 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[German version] In spite of Roman traditionalism, in the course of time the different forms of popular assemblies arising under the Roman constitution undergo a pronounced developmental change on the one hand and must, on the other, be considered in terms of their functional role at any one period. The following forms occur: the comitia curiata, the comitia centuriata, the   concilium plebis, the comitia tributa and the   contiones. It must also be said that, owing to fundamental methodical and factual reserv…

Apparitores

(224 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[German version] All manner of servants could be called apparitores (from apparere = to appear -- on command). In the public sphere apparitores specifically referred to the free and unfree servants of a magistrate, who (as opposed to the officiales) appeared as aids in official acts. In the Republican period apparitores accompanied consuls and praetors as   lictores with   fasces as symbols of the imperium (Liv. 9,46,2) and served magistrates as scribes, record officials and account keepers ( scribae, librarii), criers ( praecones), messengers ( viatores), ‘assistants’ ( accensi) as…

Census

(447 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[German version] From the general meaning of censere (etymologically from centrum) the following specialized uses of the term census are derived: 1. The census of citizens in the Republican period. According to Roman historical tradition (Liv. 1,42,5), it was first the kings and later the consuls who carried out censuses of the citizenry in order to establish obligations for military and other types of service, and liability for tax. From 443 BC (Liv. 4,8,2) two censors bear responsibility for the census over a term of office lasting five years (  lustrum ). They have to announce the principles of their administration in an edict, and (probably) complete their official business within a period of 18 months. This includes receiving the declaration all Roman citizens ( patres familias) have to make concerning their family circumstances and their financial situation ( inter cives Romanos censum profiteri -- Ulp. 1,9); investigating the vitia (including those of moral nature) contained in those declarations or made known by other means; reviewing citizens' membership of one of the four urban and 31 rural tribus of Rome, of the …

Diptychon

(230 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[English version] (aus griech. δίς = zweimal und πτύσσω = falten) kann Gefaltetes oder Zweifaches meinen, etwa die Schalen einer Muschel oder Zwillinge (Eur. Orest. 633 bzw. Ambr. hex. 6,8,25), speziell aber ein gefaltetes Schriftstück aus Papier oder Pergament, zwei zusammenlegbare, miteinander verbundene Schreibtafeln oder eine Schreibtafel mit Deckel und Schreibflächen aus Wachs, Gips oder einem anderen, meist hellen Material (λεύκωμα), die mit Griffel, Rohr oder Pinsel bearbeitet werden. Da ei…

Admissio

(124 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[English version] Zeremonielle Zulassung zu einer Audienz beim Kaiser. Die zuständige Behörde ( admissionales, officium admissionum: Suet. Vesp. 14; Amm. 15,5,18) unterstand in der späten Kaiserzeit dem magister a. im Bereich des magister officiorum (Cod. Theod. 11,18,1; Not. dign. or. 11,17). Je nach der teils freizügigen (Plin. paneg. 47,3), meist aber strikt förmlichen (SHA Alex. 20) Praxis der Kaiser, wurden die Besucher nach unterschiedlicher Nähe zum Kaiser in Klassen zur salutatio eingeteilt. Den kaiserlichen amici ( amicitia ) standen andere Formen des Zugangs ( aditus) zur Verfügung (Sen. benef. 6,33,4). Daneben bezeichnet a. im Strafrecht die Inkaufnahme eines Unrechts (Dig.47,10,34; 46,3…

Album

(264 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[English version] [1] s. Schreibmaterial s. Schreibmaterial Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) [English version] [2] Bekanntmachungstafel A. wird eine weiße ( albus) Tafel genannt, auf der amtliche Mitteilungen verschiedener röm. Behörden und auch gerichtliche Entscheidungen ( in albo propositio: Dig. 2,1,7) veröffentlicht werden können. Bes. Bed. hat ferner das a. praetoris, das die vom Praetor als Gerichtsbehörde zugelassenen Klage- und sonstigen Antragstypen und die Formeln für das Verfahrensprogramm unter jeweils roten Überschriften ( rubricae) enthält. Die Beschädig…

Domäne

(412 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[English version] Das Wort D. (von lat. [ res] dominica, über spätlat. domenica, altfrz. “domenie” lautgewandelt zu altfrz. “domaine”) kennzeichnet in MA und Neuzeit, etwas enger als das spätlat. Ursprungswort, den “lehnsrechtlichen” oder “allodialen Grundbesitz” eines “Herrschafts-Inhabers” (“Adligen”), wobei der Grundbesitz als ganzer oder ein einzelnes Landgu…

Destinatio

(167 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[English version] (von rekonstr. de-stanare, “feststellen”) bedeutet allg. eine Zweckbestimmung oder eine Entscheidung, juristisch auch eine rechtsverbindliche einseitige Willenserklärung (Cod. Iust. 6,30,6; Dig. 50,17,76). Im polit. Leben meint d. die Abordnung eines Untergebenen oder die Einweisung eines dafür Vorgesehenen in eine Amtsstellung durch den dazu Befugten. Die kaiserliche Empfehlung eines candidatus an den Senat heißt ebenso d. wie die direkte Einsetzung des Amtsträgers durch den Kaiser (Dig. 4,4,18,4; Cod. Iust. 11,74,2; 12,12,2). In d…

Corrector

(240 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[English version] Das Wort c. (von corrigere, “verbessern”) bezeichnet allg. den Kritiker, der Tadel oder Strafe verhängt, oder den Reorganisator, so z.B. Pädagogen, Aufseher, Militär oder Politiker mit derartigen Aufgaben (Plin. paneg. 1,6,2; Sen. dial. 4,10,7; Amm. 31,4,9). Seit der Zeit Traians wird mit c. ein senatorischer Legat des Kaisers bezeichnet, der mit einer Sondermission z.B. ad ordinandum statum liberarum civitatum (Plin. epist. 8,24) in eine Prov. gesandt wird. Daraus geht eine bereits im 3. Jh.n.Chr. ausgeprägte Form eines ordentlichen Pr…

Adlectio

(253 words)

Author(s): Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)
[English version] Aufnahme in eine definierte gesellschaftliche Gruppe (Körperschaft, Stand, Steuerklasse, Klerus), aber auch in den Freundeskreis, eine Bürgerschaft oder ein Volk (Varro ling. 66; Sen. epist. 74,25 Haase; CIL XIII 1688; II 3423). In der polit. Sphäre bedeutet a. seit der Republik vor allem die seltene und ehrenvolle Aufnahme bisher amtsloser oder nicht ausreic…
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