The general name for the free attendants of the magistrates at Rome, as distinguished from
the servi publici.
They received wages (merces
the public treasury, and had places of their own in the theatre and circus (Tac. Ann. xvi. 12
), doubtless near the magistrates
on whom they waited. They were divided into five classes —the Accensi
, Lictores, Praecones, Scribae
, and Viatores, treated in separate articles.