January 5th, 2009

Roman Camp Prefects

I am writing a piece set in a rough equivalent to the Late Roman Empire ca 297AD. One of the characters is the Camp Prefect (praefectus castrorum) at an important fort; e.g. it has to be maintained at all times, even if most of the legion is sent elsewhere.

My questions are as follows:

1. Some sources say that the Camp Prefect retired after a single year, while others say nothing of the sort. Could a Camp Prefect serve for more than one year? We assume here that he actually wants to for various reasons.

2. There are a few cavalry turmas stationed at or near the fort. The cavalry prefect is some distance away from the fort, and so are all the other superior officers. I'm assuming that he has a lot of unofficial power, but how much official power could he have over them the cavalry decurions? How much semi-official, given that the cavalry units are there to support the fort?

Roman poem

There is a poem by a famous Roman poet that talks about how awful it is to be in love and not have any money. It continues that when you go around asking for money all you're told is that there's none to be had. There was also a section on how he'd rather do the deeds of Hercules than go out in love's errand without money.

It's very famous, and to be honest feel embarassed to have to ask, but I just can't remember the name of the poet or the poem. If any of you can help me out I'd appreciate it.
Ben Barnes - Book

1880-1950 British Literature with a focus on racial issues as a way of defining englishness


I need a little help with finding some literature focusing on a particular subject and time period for my English Lit & Creative Writing masters study. I'm looking for British literature from the period 1880-1950 with a focus on race and racial issues. The focus is to show race as an
important way of defining Englishness and so far I've got a real life case that Arthur Conan Doyle dealt with - The Story of George Edalji. Any sort of recommendation would be much appreciated!

My focus is mainly on Asian origin, with the empire etc... but anything at all will do at the moment!

Thank You
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