For the Napoleon: Total War unit, see Dromedary Cavalry.

Dromedarii (Eastern Roman Empire)
Dromedarii (ERE)
Appears in Rome: Total War: Barbarian Invasion
Belongs to Eastern Roman Empire
Type Light Camel Cavalry
Weapon(s) Spear
Soldiers in each unit 54
Attack skill 6
Charge bonus 5
Hitpoints 1
Armor 6
Defense skill 7
Shield bonus 4
Special abilities Scare horses; Can form wedge
Cost 550

Dromedarii are auxiliary troops recruited in the desert provinces of the Eastern Empire to take the place of light cavalry in scorching desert conditions.

As light troops these men are most useful as screening and scouting forces, although they can be surprisingly effective against other cavalry especially when the enemy horses are unused to the repulsive (to horses) smell of camels. Recruited from among the local desert tribesmen, dromedarii are peculiar to the Eastern Roman Empire and a specific answer to the problem of fielding light cavalry along the frontier. What is remarkable is that the Roman Empire has become a net importer of military ideas by this time in its history. Other than for siege techniques, the flow of military ideas and technology is into the Empire, as the Romans are quite ready to introduce "foreign" methods into their armies.