The Roman Army A to Z: vigil

vigil (m. pl. vigiles)

1. A guard or sentry (Caes., BG 8.35; Livy 44.33.8); 2. a member of the military watch and fire brigade in Rome, which was formed into seven cohorts under the Principate (Suet., Aug. 30.1). [Goldsworthy 2003]

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