Addressing magistrates

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Addressing magistrates, a Latin quick guide

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So, citizen, you go to NR and think about making your triumphal request "Oh, Consul"... however, you are in a Roman group, of highly trained people. So, comes the doubt, after the salve, what do you use?

Well, you must use the Vocative case, in Latin, the case used to call people. Usually, the words we know are in the Nominative case.

Another case you must have always in mind is the genitive case, i.e., ´of something´. For example, the house of the consul is domus consulis. Domus is in the nominative, but consul is in the genitive.

Below you can find the magistracies in nominatives and genitives. Most of the words for magistracies, however, have the same vocative and nominative as well.

The tables are organized as nominative, genitive. Since some of the offices are from the 4th declension, and others are from the first declension, it will be easy to have them by memory soon after some time in NR.

(SG) Consul, Consulis Consul, of the consul (PL) Consules, Consulum Consuls, of the consuls Vocative is the same as nominative

(SG) Censor, Censoris (PL) Censores, Censorum Vocative is the same as nominative

(SG) Praetor, Praetoris (male) (SG) Praetrix, praetricis (female) (PL) Praetores, Praetorum (male) (PL) Praetrices, praetricum (female)

Vocative is the same as nominative

(SG) Quaestor, Quaestoris (male) (SG) Quaestrix, quaestricis (female) (PL) Quaestores, Quaestorum (PL) Quaestrices, quaestricum (female)

Vocative is the same as nominative


Another very frequent doubt is the difference in Latin between the magistrate and magistracy. We know we have the consul, and the consul holds the consulship, the praetor the praetorship, the tribune the tribunate. But for the Latin, see below:

  • Consul, Consulatus
  • Censor, Censura
  • Praetor, Praetura
  • Aedilis, Aedilitas
  • Quaestor, Quaestura
  • Tribunus, Tribunatus

N.B. Those ending in -ura are in the first declension, those ending in -us are in the fourth declension, and aedilitas is in the third declension (aedilitas, aedilitatis, f.).

Thanks to Aula Tullia Scholastica for providing the insights on Latin.

--Lucius Arminius Faustus 01:08, 26 November 2006 (CET)

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