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Extraordinarii
(237 words)

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The extraordinarii were soldiers from allied Italian cities, serving in the army of early Rome as elite units of infantry and cavalry. Twelve prefects appointed by the consuls selected the best soldiers from the contingents of the alliance ─ around a third of the cavalry and a fifth of the infantry ─ in order to make up the extraordinarii (Pol. 6,26,6). Some extraordinarii were entrusted with the special task of accompanying the consuls and acting as their bodyguard. They also took part in battles as regular troops; in 209 BC they fought und…

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Campbell, J. Brian (Belfast), “Extraordinarii”, 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 29 July 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e408080>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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