One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The smallest unit of ancient Roman municipal administration, consisting of a village or part of a town.
- ‘The principal sites to have received archaeological attention are the forts and their associated civilian settlements or vici.’
- ‘However, to complicate matters, ‘wich ‘in some instances may derive from the Latin vicus, which was used broadly for dwellings, farms, hamlets, or subsidiary settlements.’’
- ‘Antiquarian reports had recorded Roman tombstones from the area east of the fort and vicus, an attached civilian settlement, alongside the trans-Pennine road.’
- ‘Similar stakeholes were found near Wallsend, surrounding the vicus enclosure outside the Roman fort.’
- ‘Life for the ordinary people of the vicus or village seemed a little more interesting than that of the upper classes, but it remained harsh and unforgiving.’
- ‘The settlement was abandoned by the end of the 3rd century - like other vici on the northern frontier - and was then cultivated as fields or allotments, presumably by the garrison.’
- 1.1 A medieval European township.
Latin, literally ‘group of dwellings’.
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