The Roman Army A to Z: quaestionarius

quaestionarius (m. pl. quaestionarii)

An interrogator. CIL II 4156; VIII, 2751. [Goldsworthy 2003]


The Roman Army A to Z: pteryx

pteryx (f. pl. pteryges Gk πτέρυξ)

Literally, a ‘feather’; one of a series of strips that fringed the arm holes and lower edge of a cuirass, generally attached to an arming doublet or subarmalis. The word does not occur in Roman sources but has been borrowed from the Greek by modern writers. Xen., Anab. 4.7.15; Peri Hipp. 12.4. [Bishop and Coulston 2006]