from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of a duumvirate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One of two persons jointly exercising the same office in Republican Rome.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of two Roman officers or magistrates united in the same public functions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman history, one of two officers or magistrates united in the same public function.
They stayed in the comfortable coolness of the house of the chief ethnarch, though these days he was a Roman citizen, and pretended he was more at ease being called a duumvir than an ethnarch.
Malluch lingered to say, quickly, "The duumvir was a Roman, yet I see his son in the garments of a Jew."
It had been vowed by the Dictator Postumius in the Latin war; his son was appointed "duumvir" for its dedication.
In this same colony my father attained to the post of duumvir and became the foremost citizen of the place, after filling all the municipal offices of honour.
"On whose authority do you presume to execute in the forum of Minturnae a man who has been consul of Rome six times — a hero?" asked the senior duumvir.
The moment the troop had ridden off, the duumvir nodded to his beadles.
"Ah, Burgundus, just the man I need!" said the duumvir (whose colleague, a less forceful man, had mysteriously disappeared).
V.F. Philippus_; the meaning, according to the older interpretation, will be: "Philippus beseeches M. Holconius Priscus, duumvir of justice, to favor or patronize him;" whereas the true sense is:
"Philippus beseeches you to create M. Holconius Priscus a duumvir of justice."
During the same year, on the ides of July, the temple of Castor was dedicated: it had been vowed during the Latin war in the dictatorship of Posthumius: his son, who was elected duumvir for that special purpose, dedicated it.
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