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The comitatenses were the units that constituted the mobile army of the late Roman Empire. Their name derives from the comitatus, the administrative machine that served the princeps and accompanied him on his travels. The comitatenses were not tied to any specific territorium, and could be joined to territorial troops permanently stationed in specific provinces (limitanei or ripenses). It is probable that  Diocletianus had raised a mobile army, but it was of limited size. However,  Constantinus enlarged the comitatenses and gave them new significance by on …

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Campbell, J. Brian (Belfast), “Comitatenses”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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