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Headword: Πραίφεκτοι
Adler number: pi,2242
Translated headword: prefects
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
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:
Πραίφεκτοι: ιβ# ἄρχοντες προβεβλημένοι ὑπὸ τῶν ὑπάτων, οἳ τοῖς ὑπάτοις τοὺς ἐπιτηδειοτάτους πρὸς τὴν ἀληθινὴν χρείαν ἐκ τῶν παραγεγονότων συμμάχων ἱππεῖς τε καὶ πεζοὺς ἐξέλεγον, τοὺς καλουμένους ἐκτραορδιναρίου, ὃ μεθερμηνευόμενον ἐπιλέκτους δηλοῖ.
Notes:
From Polybius 6.26.5-6.
A Latin word: praefecti [sc. sociorum].
Reference:
F.W. Walbank, A Historical Commentary on Polybius, i (Cambridge 1957) 709
Keywords: constitution; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; military affairs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 June 2001@09:07:27.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (augmented note, added keyword) on 3 July 2001@16:35:29.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 27 October 2011@09:42:21.
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