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I was looking into the history of the Roman army to see if there were any terms that a competing issuer could trademark to one-up Amex's Centurion...something like 'Praetorian' but catchier.
I just discovered one of my earlier Cent claims is impossible (beyond the obvious reasons) because of something I possibly should have known (as a former student of Latin and a little Roman history).
Hannibal died about 180 BC. The rank of Centurion didn't exist until the Marian reforms of 107 BC created a highly organized standing army.
When the Romans fought Hannibal, they were more of a volunteer army with and had a more primitive system of subdivisions. With no centuria (Marius' innovation of organized groups of Roman soldiers and supporting non-combatants), there would be no centurions to command the Romans against Hannibal.
So, yeah. Caught in my own lie.
*Sulking away in shame*
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