The Roman Army A to Z: miles

miles (m. pl. milites)

A foot soldier or infantryman (Caes., BG 5.10; RIB 2181); m. gregarius: an ordinary (or common) soldier (Tac., Hist. 5.1; Cic., Planc. 30.72); m. praetorianus: a member of the praetorian guard (Tac., Hist. 2.44; CIL III, 5606; VI, 2442). In the later Roman period sometimes found as milix (e.g. CIL VI, 32980). See also eques [Goldsworthy 2003]