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Imaginifer
1st century AD

A first century imaginifer. His armour and helmet are covered in a bear skin and he also carries a small circular shield.

The imaginifer takes his name from the type of standard he carries, the imago. The imago was a standard bearing a depiction of the emperor. It was the emperorís representation as the supreme commander among the troops; a potent reminder to whom the soldiers owed loyalty. No doubt it will have played a role in the annual ceremony of vowing allegiance to the emperor.

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This page was last updated on 19th July 2008.