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Open Access Praetorian Prefects And Other High-Ranking Equestrians

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Praetorian Prefects And Other High-Ranking Equestrians

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This chapter focuses on the increasing authority that high-ranking equestrians acquired in the third century. The discussion is divided into three categories: (1) equites as provincial governors, (2) equites involved in warfare and military logistics, and (3) equites as imperial secretaries. The chapter briefly discusses whether the growing power had consequences for the status of those high-ranking equestrians involved. It also presents a case study on the praetorian prefects in the third century which serves to further display and illustrate the developing position of (at least some of the) high equestrians in this period.

Keywords: equites; high-ranking equestrians; imperial secretaries; praetorian prefects; provincial governors; third century



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