from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ancient times, an Italian town with local rights of self-government and some of the privileges of Roman citizenship; later, a town-government similarly constituted, wherever situated.


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  • Social Wars (89 B.C.) it appears as a 'municipium'; of its history from that date till its destruction (A.D. 79) we know next to nothing.

    Ancient Town-Planning

  • Certainly it was a 'municipium' in Cicero's days, and a little later, in the period 40-20 B.C., it received the rank of 'colonia' and many colonists, taken (as an inscription says) from discharged soldiers of

    Ancient Town-Planning

  • Greek colouring; in 307 B.C. it was refounded for the discharged soldiers of Agathocles; later still, in Roman times, it had the rank of 'municipium'; most of its ruins are generally considered to be of Roman date and small objects found in it are also mostly

    Ancient Town-Planning

  • Aquincum, near Budapest, became a 'municipium' under Hadrian; its ruins, so far as hitherto planned, exhibit no true street-planning.

    Ancient Town-Planning

  • There is not the least reason to think that it was a 'municipium'.

    Roman Britain in 1914

  • 'municipium' made town-planning appropriate to this class of town also.

    Ancient Town-Planning

  • The five suburb burroughs of the Less than Greater Toronto municipium were graded in matters of enthusaism, collective spirit, and loyal appearance.

    Onward, Happy Workers!

  • I will work indefatigably to spread word of this marriage far and wide, set my agents to talking of it incessantly in every city, town, and municipium in Italia and Italian Gaul.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • When we came to the village that was a municipium under Augustus and a colonia under Hadrian, we found it indeed scanty and poor, but very neat and self-respectful-looking, and not unworthy to have been founded by Scipio Africanus two hundred years before Christ.

    Familiar Spanish Travels

  • At the same time the British town of Verulamium (St Albans) was thought sufficiently Romanized to deserve the municipal status of a _municipium_, which at this period differed little from that of a _colonia_.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3 "Brescia" to "Bulgaria"


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  • "The Romans were so smitten with Zadar — the Old Town is a 400-by-1,000-meter peninsula (about 100 acres) framed by Adriatic islands — they gave it municipium status, the second highest among cities."

    -- New York Times, 7/7/08

    July 8, 2008