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date: 01 October 2020


The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
John RobertsJohn Roberts

High Roman magistrates (praetors, aediles, quaestors, censors, the governors of provinces) proclaimed by edicts the steps which they intended to take in the discharge of their office. Formally an edict was valid only for the term of office of the magistrate issuing it, but the new magistrate customarily took over his predecessor's edict, with only such deletions or additions as he thought desirable. The content of the edict therefore remained largely constant. The edict of the urban ... ...

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