The Comites sagittarii Armeni

This page created 1 August 2015, and last modified: 1 August 2015


Disclaimer: Remember, a lot of what comes below is speculation. Hopefully informed speculation, but speculation nonetheless. Comments welcome! (lukeuedasarson "at"

The Comites sagittarii Armeni is listed (12.5 in Ingo Maier's numbering scheme) as the fourth of the vexillationes palatinae under the Magister Militum Praesentalis II. Like all eastern cavalry units, save for that of the Domestici equites (30.2) and (potentially) some of the Scholae under the Magister Officiorum, its shield pattern is not recorded in the Notitia.

Unlike many eastern cavalry units, however, its existence is documented outside the Notitia, or to be more exact, apparently recorded, in a 6th-century Italian papyrus (J. O. Tjader, Die nichtliterarischen Lateinischen Papyri Italiens aus der Zeit 445-700; Lund, 1955, 2223; a reference I have been unable to obtain). Several other units that are listed in the Notitia under the Magister Militum Praesentalis II are also recorded in 6th century Italy: the Regii (12.23), the Daci (12.17), and the Felices Theodosiani (12.36).


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