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the officer commanding a Roman century
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



the commander of a century or maniple of the ancient Roman legion. Centurions were selected either from those foot soldiers who displayed the greatest valor and potential for leadership or from the equites. They received two to three times the salary of a common soldier.

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The Centurians refused to give up in this race for promotion and keeper Bath made save after super save as Ben Fitch, Gary Hopkins and substiutute Adam Mayo were on target.
Teenagers Callum Lines and Tawanda Chipadza, both products of the Bears junior set-up, showed plenty of promise on the wings and Bears will be reinforced for the Centurians showdown by the return of props Drew Harper, Dan Ljazouli and Mike Venn, half-backs Chris Stephenson and Scott Clendenning-Fenton, and backs Andy McGrory and Tanaka Chamunokara.
The Centurians have surprised a few shrewd judges who thought they might struggle this season, and their slight favourites tag is about right.
MICHAEL OWEN has been told he can surpass the achievements of Liverpool legends Ian Rush and Roger Hunt as he aims to join the exclusive Anfield centurians' club tonight.
New British record holder Heidi Earp, of Nova Centurians, won the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:10.16 ahead of home-grown specialist Zoe Baker.
Leigh took a one point lead from a Phil Kendrick drop goal, but from the restart the Centurians spilled the ball and Widnes, reduced to 12 men after Paul Mansson was sent off in the 52nd minute for a high tackle, came away to score the winning try through James Briers.
Cramlington Tigers won their first match of the season with two sets each by Blair Carmichael, Lynsey Storey and Peter Wilkinson against Matfen Centurians.
Teams from Huddersfield Giants, Halifax RFL, Keighley Cougars, Hunslet Hawks and Leigh Centurians all entered.
They include club 'centurians' Chris Pennell and Alex Grove, both of whom signed new contracts during the week.
It is hoped about pounds 36,000 could have been raised for the club so far, including a pledge of pounds 25,000 from supporters' group Centurians.
Lloyd Smith scored a century to guide Sully Centurians to Village Cup victory in 2004 at Lord's.
The championship, which has a gladiatorial theme because of its proximity to Hadrian's Wall, is divided into four categories ( Legionnaires for first school children, Centurians for middle school pupils, Emperors for adults and Boudiccas for women.