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The Notitia Dignitatum, or list of officials of the Roman Empire, a document drawn up about A. D. 400, mentions among the several thousand offices which it names a considerable number which were established in Britain. The names and characters of the offices seem to have been exactly the same there as in Gaul, Spain, Italy, Africa, Greece, and other parts of the Empire, and bring out with clearness the fact that Britain was an integral part of the Roman dominions. The offices named are naturally of a military character, though equipped with a great force of clerks, collectors, and 30other civil officers and subordinates. Some passages from the Notitia referring to Britain are here given.
20. List of
Britain Under the Count of the Sacred Bounties are the accountant of the general tax of the Britons, the prefect of the storehouses at London, the procurator of the weaving house at Winchester in Britain.
The same Honorable Count has a staff as follows: a chief of staff from the office of the master of the imperial infantry, two receivers of taxes from the office above mentioned, a custodian from the office above mentioned, a chief deputy, a chief assistant, an assistant, a keeper of records; secretaries. . . .
Duke of the
provinces Under the charge of the Honorable Duke of the Britians are the prefect of the sixth legion, the prefect of the Dalmation cavalry at Presidium, the prefect of the Crispian cavalry at Doncaster, the prefect of the Catafractian cavalry at Morbium, the prefect of the band of Tigrisian Barcars at Arbeia, the prefect of the band of the Dictensian Nervii at Dictis, the prefect of the guards at Concangis, the prefect of the band of scouts at Lavatræ, the prefect of the band of guides at Verteræ, the prefect of the band of defenders at Broughham, the prefect of the band of Solensii at Maglonæ the prefect of the band of Pacensians at Magis, the prefect of the band of Longovicarii at Longovicis, the prefect of the Petrurian band of supervisors at Derventio.
the wall Likewise, along the line of the wall are the tribune of the fourth cohort of the Lingoes at Segedunum, the tribune of the first wing of the Asturians at Condercum, the tribune of the first cohort of the Frisians at Vindobala, the prefect of the Savinian wing at Hunnum, the prefect of the second cohort of the Batavians at Procolitia, the tribune of the first cohort of the Tungrians at Borcovicus, the tribune of the fourth cohort of the Gauls at Vindolanum, the tribune of the first cohort of the Asturians at Æsica, the tribune of the second cohort of the Dalmatians at Magnæ, the tribune of the first Ælian cohort of the Dacians at Ambloglanna.
of the four
provinces. Under the charge of the Honorable Vicar of the Britains are the consulars of Maxima Cæsariensis, of Valentia, of Britannia Secunda, of Flavia Cæsariensis.
The Honorable Vicar of the Britains has a staff as follows: a chief of staff from the body of confidential agents of the first class, a chief deputy, two receivers of taxes, a chief clerk.
1 From Notitia Dignitatum, Vol. II, pp. 53, 74, 80, 114; ed. by Eduard Boecking.