Exploratores(303 words)

Campbell, J. Brian (Belfast)

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Exploratores were the scouts of the Roman army. They reconnoitred the movements and deployments of the enemy as well as the terrain and positions of camps. In the early years of the Principate, soldiers selected from the  auxilia were commandeered from their units for a certain length of time to act as scouts. In the Dacian War (AD 105-106), Ti. Claudius Maximus, then serving in an ala, was selected by Trajan himself as a scout and brought the princeps the head of King Decebalus. In the mid 2nd cent. there is evidence of small reconnaissance units called explorationes. They w…

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Campbell, J. Brian (Belfast). "Exploratores." Brill’s New Pauly. Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider. Brill Online, 2014. Reference. 22 September 2014 <http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/brill-s-new-pauly/exploratores-e408020>
First appeared online: 2006
First Print Edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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