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Primicerius
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Literally 'the first' (primus) on the 'wax tablet' (cera) of a roster, primicerius describes the head of an office (officium) or section in military and civil Roman departments (Chancellery). There were primicerii, for example, for the domestici et protectores ( domesticus ), the duces ( dux ), the scholae and fabricae of the magister officiorum , among the offices at court [C], and in the central administration and the schola notariorum. The rank of a primicerius depended on his activities. The primicerius sacri cubiculi, who was subordinate to the praepositus sacri …

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Groß-Albenhausen, Kirsten (Frankfurt/Main), “Primicerius”, 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 23 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1008510>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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