conscript fathers


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conscript fathers

pl n
(Historical Terms) literary august legislators, esp Roman senators
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Our young man had come to entertain a kindness for these conscript fathers of invisible families, who had something of the toga in the voluminous folds of their conversation, but were otherwise rather bare and bald, with stony wrinkles in their faces, like busts and statues of ancient law-givers.
So pervasive was the military in Roman political culture that even the senators were known as "conscript fathers." Much of Rome's success can be attributed to her fanatical attention to military order and to the cultivation of virtues conducive to military strength: unswerving loyalty, obedience, frugality, and disregard for peril to life and limb.