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The general name for the free attendants of the magistrates at Rome, as distinguished from the servi publici. They received wages (merces) from 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.

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