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Why is there a Q in SPQR?

The abbreviation SPQR stands for Senatus PopulusQue Romanus. Why is the Q included, as there are only three words? Why isn't it just SPR? Or does SPQR stand for something else?

  • The enclitic -que was treated much like a word. This is most evident in the way Ovid handles quotes, where -que is outside a quote but the word it's attached to is inside. There are few other ancient abbreviations with -que, if any, so it's difficult to compare.

    • Comment to this answer: For a concrete example, consider Metamorphoses V.414: "adgnovitque deam 'ne' c 'longius ibitis!' inquit" which uses -c instead of -que.
  • We definitely know that SPQR refers to senatus populusque Romanus and not something else. This text is inscribed in full in the temple of Saturn and arch of Titus in Rome. It's hard to say whether the abbreviation is systematic or an arbitrary choice that happened to stick.

  • This is based on this actual question, condensed here to fit the tour. Any suggestions for improvements here or other options are welcome!
    – Joonas Ilmavirta Mod
    Oct 12, 2018 at 8:23
  • How about something more definitive for the last sentence of the first answer, like "There are few other ancient abbreviations with -que, if any, so it's difficult to compare." Oct 12, 2018 at 12:52
  • @Nathaniel Good idea! I elaborated on the second one a little more, too. I feel a little uneasy about referring to Ovid without giving specific examples, but there isn't much room.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta Mod
    Oct 12, 2018 at 13:05
  • This looks good!
    – Cerberus Mod
    Oct 12, 2018 at 13:35
  • @JoonasIlmavirta I think that not providing any explicit examples could be useful; it would allow for a good example comment like "Are there any specific examples from Ovid which might demonstrate this?" Oct 12, 2018 at 15:36
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    @EthanBierlein Or better yet, the comment could point out a specific passage in Ovid. I actually think such a comment would work nicely for the tour.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta Mod
    Oct 12, 2018 at 16:32
  • @JoonasIlmavirta Agreed! Oct 12, 2018 at 16:49

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