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Latin for Town Crier

by Erin

It's actually too late for my purposes now except that I've been stymied via Google search and that won't do. What was the job title of the town crier in ancient Rome?

Thanks in advance!

Dear Erin,

The Latin word for public crier is praecō, praecōnis (m).

This word appears to have been used for any public crier or herald in a law court, the popular assemblies, auctions, public games, funeral processions, etc.

Two other words which relate to public criers are praecōnius, -a, -um, the adjectival form, and praecōnium, -ī (n), meaning the office a public crier.

Hope this helps and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.



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