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Tesserarius
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In the Roman military sphere one of the tactical lower ranks ( p rincipales ) with one-and-a-half pay ( sesquiplicarii; Soldiers'pay II.). A tesserarius was responsible for conveying to the men passwords and orders in writing on a tablet (tessera;Veg. Mil. 2,7,5); this function is recorded from the time of Polybius (6,34,7-12; cf. Liv. 27,46,1; 28,14,7). Under the Principate, there is evidence of tesserarii as a service rank in infantry units until Gallienus (AE 1936,55): both for the legions (CIL VI 2672 = ILS 2054; AE 1997,1252) and auxiliary cohor…

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Schumacher, Leonhard, “Tesserarius”, 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 01 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1205100>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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