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Princeps Prior

Princeps Prior was a high ranking Roman Centurion. Each of the ten cohorts, that made up a Legion, had at its head the rank of Pilus Prior followed by the princeps prior.[1]


The position reflects the Roman Republic tradition of arranging the Legion into three lines: the pilani, the principes and the hastati.[2] During the Republic, the Princeps Prior was the Centurion in command of a manipulus (unit of two centuries) of principes (legionary heavy infantry).

See also

Fields, Nic (2009). Volume 37 of Battle Orders: The Roman Army of the Principate 27 BC-AD 117. Osprey Publishing. pp34. ISBN 1-84603-386-1.


  1. ^ Bohec, Yann Le (2000). The imperial Roman army. Routledge. pp43. ISBN 0-415-22295-8.
  2. ^ Keppie, Lawrence (1998). The making of the Roman Army: from Republic to Empire. University of Oklahoma Press. pp174. ISBN 0-8061-3014-8.

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