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36 units are listed as being under the command of the second Master of the Soldiers in the Imperial Presence:
6 Vexillationes palatinae:
12.2 Comites seniores
6 Vexillationes comitatenses:
12.9 Equites catafractarii
6 Legiones palatina:
12.16 Matiarii seniores
17 Auxilia palatina:
12.43 Auxiliarii sagittarii
Items 12.39 and 12.40 would appear to be simple textual duplicates of items 12.37 and 12.38, respectively; they make the list of auxilia palatina units total 19 entries rather than the 17 stated (but see below).
Of these, the shields of the 12 cavalry units are not illustrated. Below are the shields of the 24 infantry units that are illustrated in the Bodleian manuscript, O, arranged from top to bottom, left to right, in the order given above, except that the manuscript illustrations label the last four shields Felices Arcadiani iuniores (11.n), Secundi Theodosiani (11.o), Felices Arcadiani iuniores (11.p, again), Quarti Theodosiani (11.q); i.e. as per the duplicated list, minus the Auxiliarii sagittarii (12.43). Note that according to Seeck, the Bodleian manuscript, O, omits the Auxiliarii sagittarii and its pseudocomitatenses heading (12.42), while the Trento manuscript, T, not only omits these two lines, but also gives the last five auxilia palatina entries as:
Felices TheodosianiThere is thus some evidence that some of the infantry shield patterns have been mislabelled as well as duplicated; see here for more details.
Felices Arcadiani iuniores
Felices Arcadiani seniores (also listed under the Magister Militum per Orientem)
Below are the same units as illustrated in the Parisian manuscript, P.
Below are the corresponding pictures from the two sets in the Munich manuscript: first portion (M) on top; second portion (W) below (note that the first Felices Arcadiani iuniores (12.37) in both sets is simply labelled Felices Arcadiani).
Below are the same patterns as illustrated in the Froben edition, B (i.e. the first printed version of the Notitia, copied from the now-lost Basel manuscript). These appear to be mirror-imaged, as if the engraver hadn't known the printing process would reverse them. Note that the second-last (blank) pattern (11#15) is missing.
In addition to the units enumerated above, the Notitia gives the Magister's staff as follows:
12.46 Two chiefs of staff (princeps)The Magister's staff are, like those of the Magister Militum per Orientem, said to be permanent; this differs from the staff of the Magister Militum Praesentalis I, the Magister Militum per Thracias, and the Magister Militum per Illyricum, whose staff are said to be drawn from those enrolled in their respective forces.
12.47 Two accountants (numerarii)
12.48 A custodian (commentariensis)
12.49 A chief assistant (adiutor)
12.50 Clerks (scriniarios)
12.51 Secretaries (exceptores) and other attendants (apparitores)
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