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
Adlocutio on coins of Trajan and Gordian III.
the army represented in an abridged form by standard-bearers.