Latin Legal Terms

Decanus

Decanus – this word could have two different meanings, depending of where it has got application in practice:
- in the ancient Roman Military Law, it refers to the figure of a man who supervises ten soldiers; a chief of ten men. He leaded eight legionaries who lived together in one military tent and two servants. This meaning rises from the origin of the term – the word “deca” or “deci”, which literally means “ten” as a number.
- in the sphere of Canon Law, it refers to the figure of a keeper of church or cathedral. He usually deals with the maintenance and the management of the church, and not directly with the religious rituals in it.

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