‘Triumphator’ refers to people such as Caesar who held victory triumphs in Rome. The slave stood behind him during the procession.
The very few accounts of a public slave … who stands behind or near the triumphator to remind him that he “is but mortal” or prompts him to “look behind” … they imply a tradition that whatever his kingly appearance, temporary godlike status or divine associations, the triumphing general was publicly reminded of his mortal nature. see Beard, pp. 272–5.
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