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  • n. Plural form of lictor.


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  • Later that same day, accompanied by twelve followers whom he called his lictors, and preceded by the silver eagle that had once belonged to Marius, he left the city and went to Arretium, where he formally proclaimed himself consul.


  • The Latins formerly used ligare in the same sense as now alligare, to bind, whence the name lictors, for these officers, and bacula, or staves, for their rods, because staves were then used.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • Meanwhile, six men called lictors marched in front of the praetor.

    The Spartacus War

  • The fasces were cylindrical bundles of wooden rods, tied tightly together, from which an axe projected; they were borne by guards, called lictors, before praetors, consuls, proconsuls, dictators, and emperors. FAJITAS AND FALAFEL.

  • In public each consul was attended by twelve servants, called lictors, each of whom bore an axe bound in a bundle of rods (_fasces_), the symbols of the authority of the consul to flog and to put to death.

    General History for Colleges and High Schools

  • Whenever a consul appeared in public, he was preceded by two officers called lictors, each of whom carried the fasces as a symbol of the power which was vested in the distinguished personage who followed them.

    History of Julius Caesar

  • Acts 16: 35, 38 (R.V., "lictors"), officers who attended the magistrates and assisted them in the execution of justice.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Behind the lictors was a half-century of soldiers in full armour led by their _optio_. [

    A Friend of Caesar A Tale of the Fall of the Roman Republic. Time, 50-47 B.C.

  • IV, p. 213.] [Footnote 8: The lictors were a guard of honor that attended the higher magistrates and made a way for them through the streets.

    Latin for Beginners

  • Antony bellowed with grief and anger and tried to reach out to touch Sura, but he was pushed out of the way by the lictors.



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