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Decanus - (Latin decanus - "leader of ten") was the commander for a group of 10 individuals who lived in the same tent - 8 soldiers and 2 non-combatants, as well as servants or slaves. Together, they formed a contubernium. The decanus was chosen from among the members of the contubernium by the contubernium members themselves, usually the most experienced warrior. He was responsible for the discipline of the soldiers both on the march and in camp. The decanus did not have a specific tactical role on the battlefield.

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Legion, Contubernium