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Ides
The middle of a month usually the 13th or 15th
Immunes
A soldier who had special duties and talents and did not perform many of the menial tasks that were expected of an ordinary soldier
Imperator
After winning a battle, the victorious general would be given this title as a salute from his soldiers. From the time of Julius Caesar, this title was taken as part of the long line of distinctions the emperors would assume. Often a number would appear after the title. This refered to the number of battles the emperor was credited with winning
Imperium
The ultimate administration in the Roman world. They had power of both civil and military matters
Insula
The blocks of buildings within a town. Also an island
Iugerium
A unit of measurement of apx 3000 sq. yards. The was the estimated area of land a pair of oxen could plough un one day
Iaculum
A net used in gladiatorial battles
Ius Latii
A status given to a colony where the natives had not taken Roman citizenship


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