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Magister militum
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Under Constantius [2] II (AD 337-361) the offices of the magister peditum and the magister equitum (for this office in the Roman Republic magister equitum ) were created and the military competencies of the praefecti praetorio were transferred to them (Zos. 2,33,3; Lydus, Mag. 2,10). This arrangement resulted from the separation of military and civilian functions in Roman offices that had started in the 3rd cent. At first, magister peditum and magister equitum were appointed as commanders of the relevant arms of service, although from the outset this …

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Herz, Peter (Regensburg), “Magister militum”, 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 27 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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