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In the Roman Empire, a tabellarius conveyed letters and written messages of all kinds (tabellae) on behalf of private and public institutions and individuals. From the correspondence of Cicero in particular, we know of tabellarii of wealthy households and of public tax and duty contractors ( publicani ; [1. 21-27]). They generally came from the ranks of the slaves or were freedmen. In the Imperial period, most imperial messengers, the tabellarii Augusti, were freedmen who were recruited from the imperial household (familia Caesaris). Because of their great num…

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Kolb, Anne (Frankfurt/Main), “Tabellarius”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 30 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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