from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of castrum.


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  • And I don't think many of them will forget that English towns ending in "-chester" or "-caster" Manchester, Doncaster etc were once Roman forts, going back to the Latin word castra, or "camp".

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  • In laying out military settlements with permanent fortifications, which were established along the expanding frontiers, the Romans followed the same pattern (the so-called castra stativa).


  • Unfortunately, a huge swath of history got cut out of Tell Qa, which explains that the modern town was founded on a "castra" style encampment following the destruction of the prior town after a Tharbrian raid.

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  • Chester is the Roman "castra," camp, and where the name occurs across Britain, indicates with undeviating fidelity that there, in remote decades, Roman legions camped and the

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  • KASTRIOTI derives from Romans military words "castrum" and "castra", which is assumed to have taken from Ethrusts.

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  • Puns are sometimes serious factors in politics; witness the Castratus ad castra, which made a general of the army of Narses; witness: Barbari et Barberini; witness: Tu es

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  • "The words used ... identify it with the camps (castra) that in the future Roman legionary soldiers will build at the end of the day's march -- castra, which will be built all over Europe and have often left their marks on the names of the cities that occupy those sites -- Lancaster, Manchester, Worchester."

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  • [294] Rara fides, probitasque viris qui castra sequuntur.

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  • One knows what she means: place-names ending in "- chester" were once the sites of Roman camps, or castra, and some locations are much more ancient even than that.

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  • Russiam perrexerunt, et magnam stragem in ea fecerunt, ciuitates et castra destruxerunt, et homines occiderunt.

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