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Glossary of military terms - F

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Faber

Artisan.

Faber navalis

Ship's carpenter.

Fabrica

Workshop.

Fabrica ballistaria

Artillery workshop.

Fabricensis

Artisan.

Falx

Battle-scythe.

Familia

Late Roman squad.

Fascia

Socks.

Felix

Fortunate. lucky. nickname borne by some imperial units.

Feminalia

Breeches.

Ferentarius

A - republican legionary light infantryman.
B - republican legionary slinger.
C - republican legionary light cavalryman.
D - military servant.

Feriale Duranum

Military calendar of festivals.

Ferrata

'Ironclad'. nickname of one of the legiones VI.

Fetialis

Priest involved with religious ceremonies surrounding declaration of war.

Fidelis

Loyal.

Finis

Border.

Finitus commeatus

Restricted leave.

Fisci curator

Praetorian guard armicustos .

Fiscus

Imperial treasury.

Flavia

'Flavian'. raised or reconstituted either by Vespasianus for early imperial units or by Constantius in case of late Roman units.

Flavialis

Late Roman NCO.

Focale

Scarf.

Foederatus

Ally.

Foedus

Treaty.

Forfex

Pincer.

Forma

Map.

Fossa

Ditch.

Fossa fastigata

V-shaped ditch.

Fossa Punica

'Punic ditch'. ditch with inward sloping side and outward nearly vertical side.

Foulkon

Greek equivalent of fulco . close packed defensive formation similar to the testudo .

Framea

Germanic spear.

Fretensis

'Smashing' or 'destroying'. legionary nickname derived from a battle fought in the Fretum, the sea passage between Sicily and Italy.

Frumentarius

Soldier responsible for grain supply. military intelligence operative.

Frumentatio

Collection of grain supplies. fouraging.

Frumentum menstruum gratuitum

Free monthly grain allowance. priviledge enjoyed by praetorian soldiers from Nero's reign.

Fuga

Flight.

Fulco LA)

Close packed defensive formation similar to the testudo .

Fulminata

'Thunderbolt'. legionary nickname of legio XII.

Funditor

Slinger.

Furca

Baggage carrying pole.

Fustibalis

Staff sling.

Fustis

Baton. staff used as badge of office.

Fustuarium

Death penalty by stoning or cudgeling.

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