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ADLOCU´TIO This was the Roman technical term for a speech or address made by an Imperator to his troops; such as stood in the place of a modern proclamation or a general order. In this sense the word occurs only upon coins. The emperors on visiting a district or province made usually a formal speech to the troops quartered there. Such a scene is represented on the accompanying coin of Trajan and medallion of Gordian III., where the emperor, accompanied by the prefect of the camp, is addressing

Adlocutio on coins of Trajan and Gordian III.

the army represented in an abridged form by standard-bearers.


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