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Collegia Centonariorum And Fire-Fighting?

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In this chapter, an overview of the attitude and approaches to fire-fighting is provided. This is followed by two sections tracing the differences in the character and function of these collegia in different regions, inasmuch as the sources permit. The connection between the collegium fabrum and fire-fighting is well-known from the Plinian testimony. Presumably, the fabri were qualified because they possessed physical strength, and tools for both putting out fire and for demolishing buildings to stop fire from spreading. The fabri and centonarii formed a joint organization in Mediolanum in the early second century A.D. Given the importance of Mediolanum as a supply center of weapons and clothing throughout the Imperial period, it is quite likely that the fabri and centonarii were officially organized to facilitate requisitions and other business with the military.

Keywords: collegia centonariorum; collegia fabrum; fire-fighting; Mediolanum; Plinian testimony



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