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CLABULA´RIS

CLABULA´RIS or CLAVULA´RIS. The cursus clabularis in the Theodosian Code (6.29.2.4, and 5.1; and 8.5.23) and in Ammianus Marcellinus (20.4) denotes the system of military transport by means of carriages and vehicles. Johannes Lydus derives the word from clavus (κλαβουλάριος ὀχηματικὸς: κλάβον γὰρ τὸν οἴακα καλοῦσι, de Mensibus, 1.9). If we may trust the text of Cod. Theod. 6.29, 2.2 ( “ne quis . . . rhedam usurpet, cui birotum vel veredum postulare vel clabulare permissum est” ), clabulare is the name of a wagon, the word here also being used in connexion with the transport service. Hence it has been derived from clavulae in the sense of rails.

[J.H.F]

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