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stīpātor , ōris, m. stipo; prop. one that presses upon, crowds about another; hence, attendant of a nobleman; in plur., attendants, train, suite, retinue, bodyguard, etc. (class.; used by the Romans in a bad sense; cf. “satelles): latrones dicti ab latere, qui circum latera erant regi, quos postea a stipatione stipatores appellarunt,Varr. L. L. 7, § 52 Müll.: “Alexander Pheraeus praemittebat de stipatoribus suis, qui scrutarentur arculas muliebres,Cic. Off. 2, 7, 25; “of a royal train,Hor. S. 1, 3, 138; Sen. Clem. 1, 13, 1; Tac. A. 4, 25; 11, 16; Just. 13, 4 al.: “stipatores corporis,Cic. Agr. 2, 13, 32: “Venerii,Cic. Verr. 2, 3, 26, § 65; cf.: “Catilina omnium flagitiorum atque facinorum circum se, tamquam stipatorum, catervas habebat,Sall. C. 14, 1.
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