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In general signifies an amount measured by or divided into units of 100, and can therefore relate e.g. to plots of land as well as to people. Thus the relationship to the figure 100 can be lost, the word then referring merely to a mathematically exactly measured or divided amount.

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A. Political

Centuria is particularly used in the constitution of the Roman Republic to denote the electorate for the  comitia centuriata . In this meaning, the term probably derives from the contingent of 100 foot soldiers that, accordin…

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Gizewski, Christian (Berlin) and Campbell, J. Brian (Belfast), “Centuria”, 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 18 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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