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Cursōres


1.

Slaves whose duty it was to run before the carriages of their masters, for the same purpose as modern outriders. They were not used during the times of the Republic, but appear to have first come into fashion in the middle of the first century of the Christian era. The word cursores was also applied to all slaves whom their masters employed in carrying letters, messages, etc. (See Cursus Publicus.)


2.

Runners in the foot-race, or competitors in the chariot race. See Cursus.

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