Bucellarius

Bucellarii (the Latin plural of Bucellarius; literally `biscuit–eater`, Βουκελλάριοι) is a term for a unit of soldiers in the late Roman and Byzantine empire, that were not supported by the state but rather by some individual such as a general or governor, in essence being his `household troops`. These units were generally quite ...
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bucellarius

(from the article `Europe, history of`) ...protection. Well before the formal end of the empire in the West, such landowners had been accustomed to deal out a usurped justice even over ...
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