The Propugnatores iuniores

This page created 22 June 2014, and last modified: 24 June 2014 (some links added)


The Propugnatores iuniores is listed as one of the legiones comitatenses in the Magister Peditum's infantry roster; it is assigned to the Comes Illyricum. Its shield pattern as shown in various manuscripts is as below:

Shield patterns

Disclaimer: remember, I'm not an expert in the field of Notitia studies, so take my comments with a grain of salt...

The shield patten features a green boss (white in B, faded idigo in M), a red rim, an indigo main field (faded in M, W), and a red star of 6 points (8 in M, B) radiating from the boss to the rim; the indigo field does not extend between the points all the way to the rim. The six-pointed star is unique in the Notitia; the closest matching patterns have 8 points.

The name Propugnatores means "defenders" or "champions"; other units in the Notitia so-named are the Propugnatores seniores, a legio comitatenses assigned to the Comes Hispenias; the Armigeri propugnatores iuniores, a legio palatina, assigned to the Comes Africae; and the Armigeri propugnatores seniores, another legio palatina assigned to the Comes Africae. When the Propognatores was split between seniores and iuniores divisions is unknown; the shield pattern of the seniores unit bears no resemblance to that of the iuniores.


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