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p97 Anteambulones

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William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

ANTEAMBULONES, were slaves who were accustomed to go before their masters, in order to make way for them through the crowd (Suet. Vesp. 2). They usually called out date locum domino meo; and if this were not sufficient to clear the way, they used their hands and elbows for that purpose. Pliny relates an amusing tale of an individual who was roughly handled by a Roman knight, because his slave had presumed to touch the latter, in order to make way for his master (Ep. III.14). The term anteambulones was also given to the clients, who were accustomed to walk before their patroni when the latter appeared in public (Martial, II.18, III.7, X.74).


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