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After the Cantabrian Wars and the subjugation of the Cantabri by Rome (19 BC), Roman legions adopted cantabrum as they did with the symbols of the people they conquered as a sign of victory. These standards would henceforth be carried by the so-called cantabrarii of the Roman cavalry. Emperor Theodosius II, 400 years after the Cantabrian Wars, still called its bearer the cantabrarius.
There is nowadays a contemporary interpretation of cantabrum called Cantabrian labarum, recognized by the Parliament of Cantabria as a representative symbol of the identity of the Cantabrian people and the values they hold.