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- n. The general's tent in an Ancient Roman camp.
- n. A council of war.
- n. The official residence of a governor of a province.
- n. A splendid country seat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The general's tent in a Roman camp; hence, a council of war, because held in the general's tent.
- n. The official residence of a governor of a province; hence, a place; a splendid country seat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That part of a Roman camp in which the general's tent stood. See plan under camp.
- n. The official residence of a provincial governor among the ancient Romans; a hall of justice; a palace.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the tent of an ancient Roman general
In the midst of the camp the pretorium, or general's quarters, rose above the others; the cavalry, the infantry, and the auxiliaries occupied their respective stations; the streets were broad and straight, and a vacant of 200 feet was left on all sides between the tents and the ramparts.
Nor did he return to the pretorium, until his dining-room was in flames from the chimney's taking fire.
He was of noble descent, his father and grandfather being Christians and prefects of the pretorium of the Gauls.
On the rock of Baris, the natural site of the royal palace, was the tribunal, "the inner court", called "the court of the pretorium" in the Syrian Version (Mark, xv, 16).
The local tradition remained constant, showing at all times up to the present day the pretorium of Pilate to have been in the Antonia.
That Pilate resided in one of these two castles when Jesus was brought before him can scarcely be doubted; and the early tradition which locates the pretorium in the fortress of Antonia is well supported by history and archæology.
The Brevarius of Jerusalem (c. 436) mentions in the pretorium "a great basilica called St. Sophia, with a chapel, cubiculum, where our Lord was stripped of his garments and scourged".
Caiphas and the pretorium of Pilate had remained "unto that day a heap of ruins by the might of Him who hung upon the Cross" (Catech., xiii, xxxviii, xxxix).
St. Ambrose was born about the year 340, of a Roman of the same name who was at that time prefect of the pretorium in Gaul, a province which then embraced a large portion of western and southwestern Europe.
And when the emperor saw that in no manner he could resist her wisdom, he sent secretly by letters for all the great grammarians and rhetoricians that they should come hastily to his pretorium to Alexandria, and he should give to them great gifts if they might surmount a maiden well bespoken.