In a general sense, a row or series of objects. Hence
, in naval language, a row or tier of oars in a ship, as to which, see Navis
In Roman political language, the word is applied to any body of men forming a distinct and
separate class in the community, either as possessing special privileges, or as pursuing some
special occupation. Thus, the senators are spoken of collectively as the ordo
, the knights as the ordo equester;
the priests (sacerdotes
) as ordo sacerdotalis.
however, are now spoken of as an ordo. The Senate, being the august body, is sometimes called
at Rome, and in colonies and municipia
the local Senate is ordo decurionum.
.) The libertini
formed a separate ordo, and so did the scribae
, the tribuni aerarii
, and the publicani.
At Rome the Senate and
equestrians are often styled uterque ordo
, as being the
orders par excellence.
In military language, the word is applied to a company or troop of soldiers, and is used as
equivalent to centuria
, as the first centuries in a legion are sometimes
called primi ordines.