This page created 14 September 2014, and last modified: 14 September 2014
The Pannoniciani iuniores is listed as one of the legiones comitatenses under the Magister Militum per Thracias. Its shield pattern is shown in various manuscripts as below:
The shield pattern has a white main field featuring a blue crescent at the 12 o'clock position, cusps upwards. Between the crescent and the edge of the shield (which has no delineated rim) is a partial rosette of 5 blue dots (4 in M, and none in B, which only has the crescent, and which is larger than in the other manuscripts). The boss is encircled by a green band (faded to yellow in M, and white in W); the boss itself is rather complex, being yellow, and featuring a small central disc surrounded by an outer band divided in to 6 sectors (5 in B); in W the sectors alternate blue and yellow. The shield pattern is this very similar to that of the following unit, the Tzaanni, as can be seen below from the following patterns taken from the Paris manuscript; presumably they were brigaded together:
The name Pannoniciani refers to either (or both) of the two provinces named Pannonia. Presumably the original Pannoniciani were recruited from or had been stationed there at some point; when the Pannoniciani iuniores was differentiated from the Pannoniciani seniores, which in the Notitia is in the western Magister Peditum's Italian command, is unknown. Possible progenitors for the Pannoniciani include, for example, Legio V Iovia and Legio VI Herculia, which in the Notitia are stationed in Pannonia II.
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