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1. actor, ōris, m. [ago].
- I. One who drives or moves something: pecoris actor, Ov. H. 1, 95: habenae, a slinger, Stat. Ach. 2, 419.
- II. In gen., he who does any thing, a doer or performer (cf. ago, II.).
- A. In gen. of every kind of action: ut illum efficeret oratorem verborum actoremque rerum, Cic. de Or. 3, 15, 57 (a translation of the Homer. πρηκτῆρα ἔργων, Il. 9, 443): Cato dux, auctor, actor rerum illarum fuit, id. Sest. 28 fin.; so Caes. B. C. 1, 26; Nep. Att. 3, 2 al.
- B. In judicial lang., one who brings an action, a plaintiff: accusatorem pro omni actore et petitore appello, Cic. Part. 32; esp. of lawyers: Moloni Rhodio et actori summo causarum et magistro, id. Brut. 89 fin.; so Hor. A. P. 369 al.
Also, one who conducts a suit, an advocate, Cic. Caec. 1.
- C. At a later period, an agent or attorney; in gen., an administrator or manager or steward, overseer of property or an estate.
So in Tac.: actor publicus, he who administers the public property, Ann. 2, 30; 3, 67: actor summarum, a keeper of accounts or cashier, Suet. Dom. 11, and so often in the Dig.: sub actoribus, overseers (of a household), Vulg. Gal. 4, 2.
- D. In rhetor. lang., one who delivers any oral discourse; and esp. one who delivers an oration, an orator: inventor, compositor, actor, Cic. Or. 19.
- 2. A player, an actor: actores secundarum et tertiarum partium, Cic. Div. in Caecil. 15; so id. de Or. 1, 26; id. Q. Fr. 1, 1, 16 (cf. ago, II., and actio, II. C.).
2. Actor, ŏris, m.
- I. A companion of Aeneas, Verg. A. 9, 500.
- II. An Auruncan, ib. 12, 94; 96.
Hence, Actŏ-rĭdes, ae, patron. m., son or grandson of Actor: his son, Menoetius, Ov. F. 2, 39; his grandson, Patroclus, Ov. Tr. 1, 9, 29; id. M. 13, 273; Erithos, id. ib. 5, 79.
In plur.: Actŏrĭdae, i. e. Eurytus and Cleatus, sons of Actor, King of Phthia, id. ib. 8, 308.