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Old 04-25-2020, 03:16 PM
Location: Shreveport, LA
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I thought I heard that the Romans would have a type of slave called a "Vicarious" that would go do the Master's job for them. Was this really a thing that happened?
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Old 04-26-2020, 06:30 AM
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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You are referring to a Vicarius (as in vice-president or vice-roy. Latin- vicis- an interchange). He was a bureaucrat who carried out the actual day to day administrative tasks for an elected official. Eg- vicarius praetoris-- "in the place of the praetor."

Well positioned slaves, like maybe a personal tutor or valet might have slaves to meet his needs- vicarius servi.

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