|Comitatenses First Cohort (Eastern Roman Empire)|
|Appears in||Rome: Total War: Barbarian Invasion|
|Attack skill||10 (Melee); 11 (Missile)|
|Special abilities||Uses a missile weapon before charging; Can sap; Eagle inspires nearby troops; Good morale; Good stamina|
The Comitatenses First Cohort are, like all the other First Cohorts, a stronger and more numerous version of the regular unit. They carry the legionary eagle, which inspires nearby friendly troops.
Comitatenses are the mobile field forces of the late Roman Empire. It is their task to meet enemies on the field, not to be garrisons on the frontier.
The comitatenses earn their existence to the military reforms of Constantine the Great. He divided the army into two types of troops: the other half of the system were the limitanei, or frontier troops. Originally, the comitatenses were regarded as an elite force personally asociated with the Emperor, but the needs of Imperial defence soon meant that they were detached as regional field armies across the Roman World. Enemies would be allowed to penetrate the "limes"(pronounced LEE-mays) or frontier line while being delayed by the limitanei, and then be destroyed in detail by the comitatenses.
Commanded by "comites"(the origin of the French aristocratic title "Comte", and therefore "Count"), these were well equipped and proffesional soldiers, even if not quite the equals of Caesar's legions.