This page created 24 August 2014, and last modified: 7 December 2015 (Maier reference numbers added)
The Equites tertio sagittarii is listed (102/5.30 in Ingo Maier's numbering scheme) as the 18th of the 32 vexillationes comitatenses in the Magister Equitum's cavalry roster; it is assigned (102/5.241) to the Comes Africae. Its shield pattern (101#6) as shown in various manuscripts, under the label (101.h) Tertii sagittarii, using the adjectival tertii rather than the adverbial tertio, is as below:
The pattern shows a yellow rim, and working inwards, bands of purple (faded to pink in M, W), yellow (white in W), green (the broadest band; faded to yellow in M), blue (purple in P, white in M, and absent in B), purple (blue in P, faded to pink in M, and white in W), and finally a small red central disc (white in M and absent in B).
The name sagittarii implies (but does not establish) the unit was bow-armed; while tertio establishes the unit as the third in a series of similarly-named units recorded in the Magister Equitum's cavalry roster, other members of which are the Equites primo sagittarii (102/5.28), the Equites secundo sagittarii (102/5.29), and the Equites quarto sagittarii (102/5.231); their shield patterns are not particularly similar, although a comparison of their patterns, as taken from the Parisian manuscript below, shows only those of the 3rd and 4th regiments have any degree of similarity to each other:
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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