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Has anyone seen documentation of the claim that Caesar was escorted by 72 lictors toward the end of his career? I can remember having seen such a claim, but I cannot document it. -- Publius

Such a claim was confirmed in Adrian Goldsworthy's text. --The veritas 01:28, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

The number of lictores is no direct information from the sources - but a calculated one: Jehne, M.: Der Staat des Dictators Caesar, 1987, page 318, footnote 127. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:34, 29 August 2013 (UTC)

Does anyone know about a connection between the Lctors and Fascist use of them as symbols? Mussolini refers to the fascism choosing "as its emblem the Lictor's rods, the symbol of unity, strength, and justice" on pg 14 of the doctrine of fascism. Not very important but good for cross referencing anyway.

Dwelling Place[edit]

Where did the lictors stay? In the home of their superiors? Or their own personal houses?

Type freedmen[edit]

What does the word freedmen mean? Men who had been set free?DanielDemaret 10:05, 13 February 2006 (UTC)

  • Yes, it does mean men who have been freed. It is different from the word 'freemen' because the latter term does not imply a condition of prior servitude. If you want to look up words in the future you might find Wiktionary helpful. Best of wishes. :-) Galanskov 07:38, 30 December 2006 (UTC)

Number of Lictors[edit]

The number of lictors for promagistrates is in this article listed as one less than the corresponding magistrate (eg. a proconsul has 11 lictors while a consul has 12), which makes sense. However, this disagrees with the Imperium article, which says thay have the same number. I'm not changing anything, but I put up a request for sources. If you know which is true, please change the applicable article and add sources. Thanks. Trainik 15:14, 5 January 2007 (UTC)


Somebody took out the sections on the Lictor's task and the Lictor curiatus. From what I read they seemed like well written, largely accurate sections. Then somebody left this fragment "They have the most power". I don't know why it was left like this, but it looks like an incomplete revision, as though someone had deleted the things to rearrange them, but never finished. If there was a good reason for the deletions, and somehow I missed it, then I apologize for reverting the article (I didn't actually revert it per se, I just copied applicable sections and edited the current one, since some positive changes had also occurred), and I would appreciate it if someone would point out what it was I missed. Otherwise, I hope that this version is better than the last. Trainik 04:28, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

Latin word order ("primus lictor").[edit]

I'm no expert on this topic, so I don't feel quite sure enough of this to edit it: but shouldn't "Primus lictor" (principal lictor) instead be "Lictor primus"? It's just that I seem to remember from my Latin classes at school that adjectives in Latin normally come after the nouns they qualify, not before as in English. So, unless there is a specific reason for this case to be an exception, I would think this should be changed. M.J.E. 19:42, 30 November 2007 (UTC)

When the lictors diappeared?[edit]

I wonder.-- (talk) 16:35, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

The senat seal has fascism symbol[edit] as you can see there are 2 fasces at the bottom of the seal. It should be mentioned in the article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:24, 22 August 2010 (UTC)

When lictors ceased to be used?[edit]

When lictors ceased to be used?--MathFacts (talk) 03:25, 30 September 2010 (UTC)