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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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They could be aediles, praetores, censores etc, to use their Latin titles.
En primer lugar esta la ausencia, hasta el momento, de inscripciones que mencionen la tribu romana a que los ciudadanos del municipio estan administrativamente adscritos; e igualmente, y esto es mas importante aun, el desconocimiento que tenemos hasta ahora de la existencia de magistraturas caracteristicamente municipales, como los duoviri o los aediles.
Entre los Vascones valdria como ejemplo la tabla de bronce dedicada por los aediles de Andelo a Apolo Augusto (AE 1989, 456).
Un paso importante que va mas alla del deber de ser garante fue tomado de la esfera de responsabilidad por vicios ocultos impuesta por los aediles curules.
Flaminium censores curulem magistratum cepissent necdum in senatum lecti essent, ut quisque eorum primus creatus erat; tum legit, qui aediles, tribuni plebis quaestoresve fuerant ('[t]he first chosen were men who, subsequent to the censorship of L.
curule aediles allowed the victim of nonconforming performance to choose
The edicts of senior magistrates, the praetors, and later also those of the aediles, the Edicta Magistratum created the jus honorarium, which swept away much of the rigidity of early Roman laws and, during the later Republic, introduced some form of equity.
Lesser ordinary magistrates were urban quaestors, aerarii, (69) plebian aediles, curulial aediles, (70) administers, (71) leaders of the different tribes, triumvirs, quatuorvirs, quinquevirs, decemvirs, (72) and the like.
Se encontaban tambien los aediles (magistrados menores) y los apparitores (diversos subalternos).
A new Latin inscription from Mousela Episkopis, with its mention of the aediles Gortyniorum, appears to be a piece of Severan evidence for continued attention to the transit and communications network of Roman Crete, along which Aptera, Lappa, and Eleutherna were critical stations.
It is possible, though, that the city's annually elected magistrates--the aediles and duovirs--failed in their duty as law-enforcers when faced with the breakdown in civic order that follows such events: a situation especially dangerous in societies where the gulf between rich and poor--free and unfree--is so great.
An ideal edition would have explanatory appendices like those very helpful ones included in Colleen McCullough's "Masters of Rome" novels, to help us distinguish among aediles, praetors, quaestors, and so on.