This page last modified: 17 January 2016 (Exculcatores seniores link added)
The following units are listed as being under the overall command of the Magister peditum praesentalis (i.e. the Master of the Foot in the Imperial Presence; the numbers beside the names refer to Ingo Maier's numbering scheme):
12 Legiones palatinae:
98/9.21 Ioviani seniores
65 Auxilia palatina:
98/9.34 Cornuti seniores
32 Legiones comitatenses:
98/9.98 Menapes seniores
98/9.131 Legio Prima Alpina
This should make 127 units all-told, but the 65 units of auxilia palatina are problematic; for one thing, only 64 are given (except in the Froben edition, which has 65). The Atecotti iuniores Gallicani [98/9.92.1] is not actually listed in the manuscripts, and was interpolated by Seeck (OC.V.218), because its shield pattern is clearly illustrated in the corresponding place (albeit as the Atecotti iuniores; it is only called (102/5.130) the Atecotti iuniores Gallicani in the Magister Equitum's Gallic command list); see here for commentary by Ingo Maier. Note also that Seeck listed (OC.V.163-165) three units, the Batavi seniores, Mattiaci seniores, and Mattiaci iuniores, for what appear to be just two units listed in the manuscripts, the Batavi matriciaci seniores (98/9.39) and the Mattiaci iuniores (98/9.40); Seeck was almost certainly right to do so, although he was not the first - the printed Froben edition (B), presumably edited by Rhenanus, also gives the Batavi seniores and the Mattiaci seniores (in as much as "right" refers to what the "original" Notitia compilation probably said, rather than what the copies that have come down to us actually do say).
Further, the Batavi iuniores [98/9.81.1] in between the Invicti iuniores Britanniciani (98/9.81) and the Exculcatores iuniores Britanniciani (98/9.82) is not actually listed in any of the manuscripts, but its shield pattern and accompanying label is; I have inserted it above for easy reference. As a shield pattern labelled Batavi is depicted in the correct place for the actually-listed Batavi iuniores, that labelled Batavi iuniores would seem to correspond to another unit. That its full name was the Batavi iuniores Britones and/or Batavi iuniores Britanniciani is highly probable; see my discussion here.
Note that Seeck (OC.V.241) bracketed parts of the Legio Secunda Britannica siue Secundani (98/9.115) to read as the plain Secunda Britannica; likewise the Tertiani siue tertia italica(98/9.111) was bracketed (OC.V.237) to read as the plain Tertia italica; and he also bracketed (OC.V.252) the Flavia victrix Constantina id est Constantici (98/9.126) as just the Flavia victrix Constantina. This was all in accordance with his belief the "original" Notitia was an official document devoid of abbreviations and contractions (such as "Secundani" for "Legio secunda"). The Brachiati (98/9.71) was also amended by Seeck (OC.V.196) to Brachiati iuniores; no doubt to match the Brachiati iuniores appearing in the Magister Equitum's Gallic list, despite their relative list positions being inconsistent.
The Praesidienses appear as the (98/9.117) Praesichantes in the manuscripts, but this is clearly a copying error: the letter forms look much more similar in medieval writing than in modern print fonts!.
It should be noted that there seems to be a mismatch between the shield patterns and the names accompanying them starting from the problematic Mat(t)iaci. It is apparent that the shields labelled Matiaci and Ascarii seni(ores) are essentially identical. Either they have been accidentally duplicated, or they belong to two related units. Duplication is easy for text, but barely conceivable for such an elaborate illustration. If the shield labelled Ascarii seni(ores) in fact belongs to the "missing" Mattiaci iuniores, then the shield patterns should be shifted along one position. This means the two Ascarii units have similar shields; the two Leones units similar shields, etc. See here for more details.
The units' shield patterns are first illustrated below from top to bottom, left to right, in the order given above, using the Bodleian manuscript pictures, except that only one pattern is given for the (two) Mattiaci unit(s); the three contiguous units Exculcatores seniores (98/9.48), Sagittarii Tungri (98/9.49), and Exculcatores iuniores (98/9.50) are not illustrated; and "the" Brachiati (98/9.71) also has no pattern so-labelled illustrated.
Below are the corresponding pictures from the Paris manuscript:
Below are the corresponding pictures from the Munich manuscript: each respective page from the first portion first, then the second. Note that the pattern for the Mattiarii iuniores (98/9.106) is missing from M, and that O has had to have been amended to accommodate it (you can see the outlines for the previously intended layout of the shields through the current ones).
Below are the corresponding pictures from the Froben edition:
And below are the two surviving pages from the Frankfurt fragment:
1. Maier, Ingo; "Appendix 4: Numeration of the new edition of the compilation 'notitia dignitatum' (Cnd)"; last accessed 26 October 2015. See also for here for numbering examples. Return
2. Seeck, Otto (Ed.); "Notitia Dignitatum accedunt Notitia urbis Constantinopolitanae et Latercula prouinciarum", Weidmann, Berlin, 1876; available here (last accessed 2 January 2016). Return
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