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In the military context fabri were craftsmen of the Roman army who were under the command of the praefectus fabrum. According to Livy (1,43,3), they initially formed two independent cohorts; at the latest from the time of Caesar onwards they were classified as soldiers of the legion (Caes. B Gall. 5,11,3). Vegetius (2,11) mentions the tignarii, structores, carpentarii, ferrarii and pictores (carpenters, bricklayers, cartwrights, smiths and painters) as some of the fabri. It was their duty to set up the winter camp and to produce or repair catapults a…

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Wierschowski, Lothar (Oldenburg), “Fabri”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 24 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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