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Cubicularius
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The office of cubicularius, or chamberlain, was named after the bedchamber or living quarters in which he originally served. The office was founded in the Roman Republic and had become a regular fixture by the imperial period, when a large team of cubicularii served Roman emperors in their living quarters, each group of ten being headed by a decurion (Collins, 2008, 391–392). This intimacy provided plenty of opportunity for treachery, and Domitian is reported to have been assassinated by a decurion of the chamberlains (decurio cub…

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Neil, Bronwen, “Cubicularius”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 18 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00000810>
First published online: 2018



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