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The Oxford Classical Dictionary
T. Corey BrennanT. Corey Brennan, Andrew William LintottAndrew William Lintott

‘Praetor’ (from prae-ire, ‘to precede’, i.e. in battle) was originally the title borne by the two republican magistrates who were chosen annually to serve as eponymous heads of state. In ...The number of praetors was increased by *Caesar to sixteen, as much to provide offices for partisans as to fulfil functions, although there were more posts in civil and criminal jurisdiction than could be filled by the praetors available in the late republic. Some praetors are found in military commands during their year of office in the period of the civil wars, but there is no clear evidence that this continued under ... ...

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