Consul(es)(841 words)

Gizewski, Christian (Berlin)

[German version]

The word consul is of uncertain etymology (possibly originating from con- and sal- = ‘hastily get together’ or from con- and sell-/sedl- = ‘sit down together with’ or ‘sit down next to’). The historical tradition (Liv. 1,60,3-4), firmly established in the late Republican period, that following the expulsion of the last king Tarquinius Superbus in 510 BC there were two consules-colleagues at Rome's head is uncertain, because of some contrary indications in the same historical transmission. Initially, consules were probably assigned as advisers to a praetor maximus (…

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Gizewski, Christian (Berlin). "Consul(es)." Brill’s New Pauly. Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider. Brill Online, 2014. Reference. 22 October 2014 <http://brillonline.nl/entries/brill-s-new-pauly/consul-es-e304740>
First appeared online: 2006
First Print Edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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