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Admissio

Reception or audience at the Roman court. At first all visitors were admitted without distinction to the atria of their wealthy friends. According to Seneca, C. Gracchus and Livius Drusus were the first to receive some privately and others in a limited number, doubtless for political reasons. Afterwards these distinctions became the rule, and it was the exception for any one to open his doors to all comers. Under the Empire, friends were distinguished as amici admissionis primae, secundae, etc. The first alone could enter without delay, and could pay a separate visit. The rest had to await, and sometimes to purchase, the favour of the porter. At the imperial court there was a body of slaves and freedmen acting as the introducers of visitors (officium admissionis, Suet. Vesp. 14), who were known as admissionales. The head of the officium admissionis was the magister admissionum, subordinate himself to the magister officiorum. The magister admissionum himself introduced the most exalted visitors; and, at least in the time of Justinian, none were introduced by the admissionales but such as were illustres.

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