He was the eagle-bearer who carried the eagle standard of the legion into battle. Like all standard-bearers he wore an animal (lion) skin over his uniform to identify him. Ranked almost as high as a centurion, he was also the treasurer in charge of the pay chest.
An aquilifer was a senior signifer bearing the eagle standard of a Roman legion. The name derives from the type of standard, aquila meaning `eagle` (which was the universal type used since 104 BC), and fers, related to the Latin word for bringing or carrying. Before that time, the wolf, boar, bull and horse were also used. The eagle standard was.....Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilifer
Eaglebearer. standardbearer carrying the legion's eagle.Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/20764
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