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An elected official of ancient Rome who was responsible for public works and games and who supervised markets, the grain supply, and the water supply.

[Latin aedīlis, from aedēs, house.]


(ˈiːdaɪl) or


(Historical Terms) a magistrate of ancient Rome in charge of public works, games, buildings, and roads
[C16: from Latin aedīlis concerned with buildings, from aedēs a building]


or e•dile

(ˈi daɪl)

a magistrate in ancient Rome in charge of public buildings, streets, services, markets, games, and the distribution of grain.
[1570–80; < Latin aedīlis=aed(ēs) temple, shrine + -īlis -ile2]
ae′dile•ship`, n.
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Gneus Flavius, a scribe's son, very humble in origin but otherwise sagacious and eloquent, was made curule aedile.
The scholiast was certainly unaware of other intricacies of Roman society, including nomenclature; thus in the scholia to the didascalia of the Hecyra he confuses a curule aedile named Sextus Iulius Caesar with the much more famous and distantly related dictator Gaius Iulius Caesar (born sixty-five years after the first performance of this play).
Birth and early career unknown, but was elected curule aedile (216); made magister equitum (master of the horse) to the dictator Junius Pera after the Roman disaster at Cannae (August 2, 216); commanded two legions of slaves in the army for a short time afterward; twice elected consul (215 and 213); twice served in the field as proconsul (214 and 212); repulsed Hannibal's offensive at Cumae (215), and crushed Hannibal's brother Hanno at Beneventum (214); bested by Hanno in Bruttium (Calabria) (213), he was ambushed and killed (212).
The election of curule aediles had taken place by 2 September (Cael.