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In the army of the imperial period the primipilus was chief centurion (see centurio) of a legion, commanding the leading century of the five in the first cohort. He probably held office for one year and usually gained equestrian status immediately afterwards, with the opportunity of promotion to the camp prefecture and possibly the tribunates of the urban forces—vigiles, urban cohorts (see cohortes urbanae), and praetorian guard; favoured men could then be appointed to more senior equestrian posts.

See procurator.

See procurator.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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