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This chapter presents an overview the various concepts discussed in this book. The book attempts to understand the origins, functions, organizations, and social and legal status of the collegia centonariorum in the Roman Empire. The fire-fighting hypothesis was deduced essentially from three types of evidence: (1) in epigraphic records, the collegia centonariorum are often mentioned together with the collegia fabrum, whose role as fire brigades is implied in the correspondence between Pliny the Younger and Trajan; (2) centones are among the fire-fighting instruments listed in the Dig.; (3) the existence of a certain centuria centonar(iorum) dolabrar(iorum) scalar[i]or(um). The book explores certain questions on the origin, proliferaion, differences and unique features. It aims at clarifying these issues based on a thorough study of all the epigraphic, legal and literary sources available.

Keywords: collegia centonariorum; collegia fabrum; fire-fighting hypothesis



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