The accensus

Look at this collection of reverses of 433/1.  Notice that the first individual is clearly not a lictor (no fasces).  He also is bending his knee and holding out his hand.  Why is he doing this?  He’s a Roman citizen clearly from his toga, but how does his body language relate to his ceremonial role?!

Here’s how Lewis and Short define the position:


This may be one of the few iconographic representations of this type of roman ceremonial position.  Must keep an eye out for other accensi.


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