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Officials of a vīcus, which was a miniature body politic, and was entitled to possess property, administer common funds, and appoint officials. These officials, who were allowed to wear the toga praetexta, represented their community. In the late republic the vici offered a chance of finding a sense of community in the chaotic life of the city, and so they and their leaders, like the leaders of the collegia (see collegium), played an important part in the organization of mass politics.

Augustus reorganized the vici at the same time as the regiones. Their centre was a compitum or cross‐roads, at which a cult of the Lares or guardian deities of that locality was maintained. The cult now came to include Augustan Lares and the genius of the emperor.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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