Decanus Law and Legal Definition

Decanus is a term widely used in the Roman army, which means “chief of ten “or a “dean.” It means an officer controlling ten soldiers. Under the Roman law, decanus was the first man of a unit with eight soldier in the Roman army. Under the ecclesiastical law the decanus was used to refer to the dean of cathedral. Decanus was in the charge of various tent or barracks duties. The badge of the decanus was the two feathers on his/her helmet. In everyday army life decanus was of no immediate importance, but when the army was on the march decanus had great role as team leaders.