Thracian Veterans and the Pseudo-Tribes

  • Ivo Topalilov Department of History and Archaeology Shumen University 115 Universitetska Str. BG-9712 Shumen
Keywords: pseudo-tribe, Thracians, Praetorians, nomenclature, Quirina


The present paper deals with the problem of the pseudo-tribes adopted by the Thracian veterans on their discharge as Praetorian Guards. In most cases the administrative rules are strictly followed and the veterans obtained the imperial epithet in the city-title of their home city, viz. Ulpia. In other not numerous cases, however, some discrepancies to this rule appeared and the veterans received Iulia, Flavia, Aelia etc. The grounds for these cases are discussed here.