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The term allocutio was used by the ancient Romans for the speech made by a commander to his troops, either before a battle or during it, to animate and encourage them.
The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize 1840-1916 1913
Stat. _Silv. _ ii. 7, 62, mentions another work -- 'allocutio ad Pollam'
The Student's Companion to Latin Authors Thomas Ross Mills
hernesheir commented on the word allocutio
Oration or speech by a general addressed to his soldiers meant to prepare them for battle, steel their resolve, and bind them to their honor and duty.
A fine example of allocutio is the famous Crispin's Day speech uttered by the King in Shakespeare's Henry V. "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers".
January 30, 2010