Praefectus Castrorum
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Praefectus Castrorum
A Latin inscription from Vindobona pertaining to a praefectus castrorum

The praefectus castrorum ("camp prefect") was, in the Roman army of the early Empire, the third most senior officer of the Roman legion after the legate (legatus) and the senior military tribune (tribunus laticlavius), both of whom were from the senatorial class.[1] He was responsible for training, equipment procurement and maintenance, and construction of the camp, but he could command the legion when his seniors were absent. The post was usually held a soldier promoted from the centurionate, having already served as a chief centurion (primus pilus) of a legion, and was therefore open to ordinary citizens. Prefects of this rank, for example Sextus Vibius Gallus,[2] were awarded prizes (dona) to mark their achievements.[3]

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References

  1. ^ Sir William Smith; William Wayte; George Eden Marindin (1901). A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities. J. Murray. pp. 798-.
  2. ^ SEG 57 1293
  3. ^ Valerie A. Maxfield (1 January 1981). The Military Decorations of the Roman Army. University of California Press. pp. 204-. ISBN 978-0-520-04499-9.



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