The Roman Army A to Z: vitis

vitis (f. pl. vites)

14003195852_6f4da13e05Carried as a badge of office by a centurio and made of vine wood. One man, Lucilius, famously breaking them whilst administering corporal punishment, was nicknamed ‘Broke Another’ (cedo alteram) according to Tacitus. Plin., NH 14.1.3; 19; Tac., Ann. 1.23; Luc. 6.146; Juv. 8.247. [Goldsworthy 2003]