The Equites Batavi iuniores

This page created 21 June 2014, and last modified: 12 December 2015 (Maier reference numbers added)


The Equites Batavi iuniores is the eighth of the vexillationes palatinae listed (102/5.10 in Ingo Maier's numbering scheme) in the Magister Equitum's cavalry roster; it is assigned (102/5.220) to his Gallic command. Its shield pattern (100#9), as shown in various manuscripts under the label (100.i) Batavi iuniores, is as below:

Shield patterns

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The shield pattern features a green boss (faded in yellow M, and white in B) with a white star radiating outwards into a blue field; the star has 8 (B), 9 (O, P, W), or 10 (M) points; in O and M the points do not reach the rim, whereas they do in P, W, and B; the blue field does not extend all the way to the boss between the points.

The name Batavi is tribal, coming from a Germanic tribe that lived in what is now the Netherlands; they provided the empire with many units of auxiliaries in the early empire in particular. Thus a number of other units in the Notitia incorprate the Batavi name; and in particular, the Equites Brachiati seniores (102/5.5), also assigned to the Magister Equitum's Gallic command.


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


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