The Roman Army A to Z: hastatus

hastatus (f. pl. hastati)

A legionary of the front line of a pre-Marian Republican legion, armed with first a spear, later two pila (Livy 8.8.6; Varro, LL 5.16; Polyb. 6.23); h. posterior: the sixth centurion in a cohors, fifth if the first cohort, but in both cases the left rear (CIL III, 1480; VIII, 2555); h. prior: the fifth centurion in a cohors, fourth if the first cohort, but in both cases the left front (CIL III, 263; RIB 341). [Keppie 1984]

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