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Title: Veterani classiarii in Philippopolis (Thrace)
Author(s): TOPALILOV, Ivo
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 12    Date: 2013   
Pages: 251-264
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.12.0.2994450

Abstract :
The present article deals with those veterani classiarii originated from Philippopolis and its area or settled there after their honesta missio. This is due to the thesis that gained wide acceptance for veterans returning home. All known veterani classiarii are collected including C. Scentius Celer recognised by such after the specifics of his gentilicium. The evidence, though scanty, allows some conclusions to be drawn: 1). regular massive recruitment of Thracians from the area as proposed in the literature is not proven with two exceptions – ca. AD 134 and probably in the second half of the 2nd century AD; 2). the sources for veterans returning to Philippopolis and its area is not comparative to the epigraphic sources of Thracian sailors, which calls into question weather the Thracian returned home; 3). it becomes clear that Philippopolis and its area was not στρατηγία Βεσσική as proposed and a clear distinction should be made between Bessus and Thrac(us) or Thrax.

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