The Equites armigeri seniores orientales

This page created 30 July 2015, and last modified: 30 July 2015


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The Equites armigeri seniores orientales is listed (15.4 in Ingo Maier's numbering scheme) as one of the vexillationes comitatenses under the Magister Militum per Orientem. 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 documented, as Papyrus Oxyrhynchos 1888, dated 25 September 488 (image here), records the existence of a "soldiers of the [A]rmigeri" (in Greek; "strat[iotais] ton ermigeron"); the Equites armigeri seniores orientales is the only likely candidate for identification with this unit, as the only other eastern units of armigeri are stationed along the Rhine, or in the case of the Equites armigeri seniores Gallicani, under the Magister Militum Praesentalis I (9.10), and thus normally in the vicinity of Constantinople.


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