The “eyes” and “daggers” of Early Roman Emperors, the Frumentarii were soldiers with special duties and abilities who were under the command of the Princeps Peregrinorum, the head of roman military intelligence.
The Frumentarii were military men who acted as imperial spies for the emperor, especially regarding internal affairs.
The Frumentarii were based at the Castra Peregrina in Rome.
Initially, the Frumentarii were those soldiers who collected wheat during military campaigns”Frumentum” but afterwards, their name became the feared synonym if secret intelligence and targeted assassinations.
Being a Frumentarius could mean a lot to a soldier, as serving as intelligence officer could grant you a place among the Praetorian Cohorts and even the Tribunate of the imperial guard.
The main task of the Frumentarii was collecting information, but they also could act as imperial assassins, especially if they Frumentarii Centurions.
Now, the military intelligence of the Frumentarii cannot be compared to organized agencies such as Mossad and the Cia, but the Frumentarii could perform a variety of specialized tasks, like the gathering of information on secret Christian communities and the protection of military stockpiles.
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