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Agentes in rebus
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The schola of the agentes in rebus (AIR), which was already mentioned in 319 BC, was subject to the praefectus praetorio or the magister officiorum. The AIR had a broad field of duties: from their courier activity for the emperor came supervision of the cursus publicus and the ports (curiosi litorum) as well as control of travel permits. The AIR also supervised the fabricae subject to the magister officiorum. The activity as informers (Aur. Vict. 39,44; Amm. Marc. 15,3,8; 16,8,9) and corruption of the AIR, who were equipped with extensive powers, aroused public r…

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Herz, Peter (Regensburg), “Agentes in rebus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 26 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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