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Either of two (later four) Roman magistrates responsible for public buildings and originally also for the public games and the supply of corn to the city.
- ‘He spent enormous amounts of money buying influence, including giving public games as aedile that eclipsed anything that had gone before.’
- ‘Normally games were the property of aediles, who spent enormous sums to make sure they would be remembered.’
- ‘A judge, although it may be that on occasions he can legitimately exercise the functions of an aedile, is no censor.’
- ‘Once again, elections were held for aedile, praetor, quaestor and the other traditional offices of the Republic.’
- ‘He became quaestor, aedile and praetor - progressively important posts within the Roman senate.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin aedilis concerned with buildings, from aedes building.
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