The Cuneus equitum promotorum

This page created 10 December 2015, and last modified: 10 December 2015


The last of the 32 vexillationes comitatenses listed (102/5.44 in Ingo Maier's numbering scheme) in the Magister Equitum's cavalry roster is the Cuneus equitum promotorum. As with the previous in the Magister Equitum's cavalry roster, the Equites sagittarii seniores (102/5.43), its shield pattern is not shown.

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The position of the Cuneus equitum promotorum in the Magister Equitum's cavalry roster, coupled with its lack of accompanying shield pattern, together suggest that the unit is a recent addition to the roster. Unlike the preceding Equites sagittarii seniores, the Cuneus equitum promotorum does not even appear to be assigned to any field army. It is also unusual in being the only cuneus listed in the cavalry roster (the eastern field armies also have but a single cuneus among their cavalry vexillationes: the Cuneus equitum secundorum clibanariorum Palmirenorum (15.12), under the Magister Militum per Orientem).

Three other listings of units called Cuneus equitum promotorum occur in the Notitia: two under the Dux Moesiae primae (78.3; 78.6) and one under the Dux Pannoniae secundae (141.5). Since not only is the Pannonian unit the sole example in the west, but other units from the same command also appear to be duplicated (albeit under slightly different names) in western field army commands, it would appear likely that 102/5.44 and 141.5 are the same unit.

See here for discussion about units of equites promoti.


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


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