Roman Civil Servants

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An illustration of two lictors, members of a special class of Roman civil servants. Lictors had special tasks of attending and guarding magistrates of the Roman Republic and Empire who held imperium; essentially, a bodyguard. The origin of the tradition of lictors goes back to the time when Rome was a kingdom, perhaps acquired from their Etruscan neighbours.


Roman Empire


P. V. N. Myers A General History for Colleges and High Schools (Boston, MA: Ginn & Company, 1896)


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