(patres conscripti). The Roman senate. The hundred
senators appointed by Romulus were called simply patres; a
second hundred added by Tatius, upon the union of the Sabines with the
Romans, were called patres minorum gentium; a third hundred
subsequently added by Tarquinius Priscus were termed patres
conscripti, an expression applied to a fourth and fifth hundred conscribed to the original patres or senators. Latterly the term
was applied to the whole body.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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