SHINIGAMITTS シニガミツ (mr_mitts) wrote in little_details,

Latin Phrase, Roman Magistrates in Spain, and 1920s Serial Killer Synonyms...

A question or two on Latin, Roman magistrates and 1920s terminology...

1) My Latin being atrocious, can anyone tell me if Amici Orientales Nostri translates accurately to 'Our Eastern Friends'?

2) I've read up on Imperial Roman Hispania, circa AD50, and believe I have a general grasp of its nuances. However, I am having some trouble understanding exactly who in a large township (in this case Tarraco) held what position. Some books say that local governance and officials would have been handled by magistrates and their staff, while others say control was done through local councilors (who, I assume, weren't Roman citizens?). The question therefore is: who are the authority in large towns or cities outside Rome proper? What sort of positions were held? Were they equestrian, senators, plebs, or could anyone hold them - including 'foreigners'?

3) The phrase 'serial killer' was coined around the 1970s, however, my story is set in the 1920s and I cannot find a suitable term that would cover the same type of murderer (I've looked at books and clippings from the Whitechapel Ripper through to the Cleveland Torso Killer and cannot find a specific 'catch-all' phrase). Is there any historically accurate terminology for 'serial killer' in the era?

Many thanks!

Searches were done on Wikipedia and Google (using the obvious suspects: 'magistrates' - and their individual subcategories - 'Roman Empire', 'Tarraco', 'government', 'Roman councilors', etc.) and in various books on Rome. Serial killer question was looked up in newspapers and books; wiki and Google were no help.

Tags: roman republic & empire, ~languages: latin

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