Cohors I Morinorum

This page created 17 November 2015, and last modified: 17 November 2015


The nineteenth item listed (154.35 in Ingo Maier's numbering scheme) under the command of the Dux Britanniarum following the subsection headed "along the line of the Wall" (item 154.16, per lineam valli), is the Tribunus cohortis primae Morinorum Glannibanta.

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The men under the Tribunus cohortis primae Morinorum are more fully recorded in an inscription from Italy (AE 1972,148) as the cohors I Morinorum et Cersiacorum. The unit has left no identifiable inscriptions in stone in Britain, although its presence is attested there in various diplomata. These are to be found mostly on the continent, although one (CIL 16,48 = RIB 2401.01) has been found at Malpas in Cheshire. The unit's station, Glannibanta (i.e. Glannoventa) is usually identified with modern Ravenglass in Cumbria, although this identification has been challenged, and Glannoventa identified instead with modern Ambleside, a site which has usually been associated with Roman Galava.

The Morini were, like the Tungri, a Belgic people from northern Gaul; the unit was presumably originally recruited from among them (Cersiacorum may well refer to a locality near Bonn).

As wih all limitanei units in the Notitia, the shield pattern of the cohors I Morinorum is not illustrated.


1. Ingo Maier; "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. David Shotter; "Roman Names for Roman Sites in North West England"; Contrebis (Lancaster, England: Lancaster Archaeological and Historical Society) XXIII (1998), 9-10; available here (last accessed 7 November 2015). Return
3. Denis Saddington; "Two Notes on Roman Germany"; Acta Classica XLVIII (2005), 195-199; available here (last accessed 17 November 2015). Return


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