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In 23 BC, after a fire in Rome, Augustus [1] put 600 slaves at the disposal of the curule aediles to fight fires (Cass. Dio 54,2,4), thereby replacing the triumviri nocturni (Dig. 1,15,1) and the private firefighting corps sponsored by M. Egnatius [II 10] Rufus (Vell. Pat. 2,91,3 f.). After the division of the city of Rome into fourteen regiones in 7 BC, seven cohortes were set up (in 6 BC) for firefighting: each consisted of 1,000 men, mostly freedmen (ILS 2154; 2178 f.). Each of these cohortes had the responsibility of protecting two of the fourteen regiones of Rome from …

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Panzram, Sabine, “Vigiles”, 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 02 August 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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