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Headword: *prai/fektoi
Adler number: pi,2242
Translated headword: prefects
Vetting Status: high
12 officials nominated by the [sc. Roman] consuls. They used to select for the consuls, out of the assembled allies, those cavalry and infantry best fitted for active service: the so-called extraordinarii, which when translated means select[ed ones].
Greek Original:
*prai/fektoi: ib# a)/rxontes probeblhme/noi u(po\ tw=n u(pa/twn, oi(\ toi=s u(pa/tois tou\s e)pithdeiota/tous pro\s th\n a)lhqinh\n xrei/an e)k tw=n paragegono/twn summa/xwn i(ppei=s te kai\ pezou\s e)ce/legon, tou\s kaloume/nous e)ktraordinari/ou, o(\ meqermhneuo/menon e)pile/ktous dhloi=.
From Polybius 6.26.5-6 (see web address 1).
A Latin word: praefecti [sc. sociorum].
F.W. Walbank, A Historical Commentary on Polybius, i (Cambridge 1957) 709
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: constitution; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 June 2001@09:07:27.
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Catharine Roth (augmented note, added keyword) on 3 July 2001@16:35:29.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 27 October 2011@09:42:21.
David Whitehead on 13 October 2013@08:32:23.
David Whitehead on 24 June 2016@09:59:15.
Catharine Roth (added a link) on 27 October 2021@00:47:19.


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