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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature

Praetorium

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Praeto´rium. This word denotes the general's tent in the field, and also the house or palace of the governor of a province, whether a praetor or not. In the Gospels it is applied to the palace built by Herod the Great, at Jerusalem, and which eventually became the residence of the Roman governors in that city (;;;; ). In the two first of these texts it may, however, denote the court in front of the palace, where the procurator's guards were stationed [JERUSALEM]. Herod built another palace at Cesarea, and this also is called the Prætorium in , probably because it had, in like manner, become the residence of the Roman governor, whose headquarters were at Caesarea. In , the word denotes the Praetorian camp at Rome, i.e. the camp or quarters of the Praetorian cohort at Rome.

 

 

 

 

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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Praetorium'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature". https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/kbe/p/praetorium.html.

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