[German version] Etymologically (Etruscan, Celtic, Germanic, Latin?) disputed technical term for descendants of prisoners or
dediticii , predominantly of Germanic origin (Amm. Marc. 20,8,13), who settled in Gaul under state supervision on barren, remote estates (
terrae laeticae: Cod. Theod. 13,11,10).
Laeti had limited rights, were bound to the soil, obliged to do military service, but were not ‘soldier-farmers’ . The
Notitia dignitatum records, under the
magister peditum in Gallia, twelve
praefecti laetorum (Not. Dign. Occ. 42,33-44) with details of nationality…