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 p961  Procurator

Unsigned article on p961 of

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

PROCURA′TOR is the person who has the management of any business committed to him by another. Thus it is applied to a person who maintains or defends an action on behalf of another, or, as we should say, an attorney [Actio]: to a steward in a family [Calculator]: to an officer in the provinces belonging to the Caesar, who attended to the duties discharged by the quaestor in the other provinces [Provincia]: to an officer engaged in the administration of the Fiscus [Fiscus]: and to various other officers under the empire.

For a clear summary in one page, see Livius.Org; and for the extension of the term in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, the Encyclopedia Britannica article.

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