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Union Station: Centurion statues in Washington, D.C.
by Louis Saint-Gaudens, Daniel H Burnham (click name for more of that artist's work)

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A centurion was a professional officer of the Roman army after the Marian reforms of 107 BC. Most centurions commanded a century (centuria) of 80 men, but senior centurions commanded cohorts, or took senior staff roles in their legion. Centurions took their title from the fact that they commanded a century. Centuries were so-called because they originally numbered roughly 100 men. Early in Roman history, the standard establishment was set at 80 men, although by the Imperial period, the establishment of a century in a first cohort but not others had grown to 160 men. Source: Wikipedia




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Artist:
Louis Saint-Gaudens, Daniel H Burnham (click name for more of that artist's work)
Related subjects: History, European; Military Services
Location: Massachusetts Ave. & 1st St NE Washington, D.C. Union Station

Nearest Metro: Union Station (Red) (click station name for all sculptures nearby) (dcMem ID #20 )

Links & other sources
'Who is That Man Anyway?' on Centurion (124)
Wikipedia article on Burnham
Wikipedia article on A. Saint-Gaudens
Wikipedia article on centurions

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