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aediles

aediles  

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Either of two (later four) Roman magistrates responsible for public buildings and originally also for the public games and the supply of corn to the city. The word comes (in the mid 16th century) ...
cult of statues

cult of statues  

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GreeceThe veneration of images of deities was well ‐established by the 7th cent. bc, when monumental temples to house a cult's principal statue became common; in the manufacture of colossal ...
houses, Italian

houses, Italian  

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By the 6th cent. bc the Roman élite was living along the via Sacra, beside the Forum, in a series of sizeable, roughly equal house‐plots, which shaped the topography of the area until the great fire ...
imagines

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Ernst Badian

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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2012
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Classical studies, History
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wax portrait-masks of Romans who had held the higher magistracies (see magistracy, roman), were prominently displayed in shrines in the family mansion, with lines of descent and ... More
Iulius Caesar, Gaius

Iulius Caesar, Gaius  

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(RE 131)born 100 bc (Suetonius Divus Iulius 88. 1), of a patrician family without social equals, as descendants of Venus and Aeneas, but with little recent political success. His ...
nōbilēs, nōbilitās

nōbilēs, nōbilitās  

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When the plebs attained legal equality with the patricians, the magistracies were in theory open to all citizens. In fact, the ruling class gradually co‐opted powerful plebeian families into ...
nobilitas

nobilitas  

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When the plebs attained legal equality with the patricians, the magistracies were in theory open to all citizens (cf. Cicero Pro Sestio 137). In fact, the ruling class gradually co-opted ...
Roman biography

Roman biography  

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Roman biography did not wholly derive from its Greek equivalent: their own political and family customs led Romans to value the recording of the deeds of their great men. We hear of dirges at ...
Roman portraiture

Roman portraiture  

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Roman portraiture is esp. noted for its verism, the meticulous recording of facial characteristics including such unflattering features as wrinkles, warts, and moles. The origins of the veristic ...

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