Origin: L, fr. Decem ten _ vir a man.

1. One of a body of ten magistrates in ancient Rome.

The title of decemvirs was given to various bodies of roman magistrates. The most celebrated decemvirs framed the laws of the twelve tables, about 450 B. C, and had absolute authority for three years.

2. A member of any body of ten men in authority.

Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page

This page was last modified on 3 October 2005, at 21:16. This page has been accessed 1,267 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link