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(plural tubicines). Roman brass instrument player who would sound a fanfare (tuba) in cults and in the military (Varro, Ling. 5,117; Liv. 1,43,7; Veg. Mil. 2,7,8; 3,5,6). In legions and auxilia , tubicines were considered, together with the cornicines and the bucinatores , as immunes (Dig. 50,6,7). Burial stelae for tubicines provide assured depictions of the tuba (CIL III 782 = ILS 2352; CIL X 7884). On the other hand, the tubicen Sibbaeus (CIL XIII 7042) is evidently wielding a double flute (tibiae), whereas the instrument of the bucinator Aurelius Surus (AE 1976,…

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Schumacher, Leonhard, “Tubicen”, 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 26 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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