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date: 16 July 2020

optimātēs, populārēs 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
Author(s):
John RobertsJohn Roberts

Romans seem from an early time to have used words for ‘good’ (bonus, sup. optimus) to denote high birth and social standing, as well as moral excellence, qualities the upper class regarded as inherently combined. The social meaning is already found in ... ...

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