Limitanei (Eastern Roman Empire)
Limitanei (ERE)
Appears in Rome: Total War: Barbarian Invasion
Type Spear Infantry
Weapon(s) Spear, Javelin
Attack skill 4 (Melee); 8 (Missile)
Charge bonus 1
Hitpoints 1
Armor 6
Defense skill 5
Shield bonus 6
Special abilities Uses a missile weapon before charging; Can sap; Combat bonus in woods

Limitanei are the frontier or garrison troops of the late Roman Empire. It is their to watch the borders and slow down enemy forces so that stronger, mobile armies can be deployed.


The limitanei earn their existence to the military reforms of Constantine the Great. He divided the army into two types of troops: frontier garrisons, who were to slow down attackers and a mobile field army to meet and defeat the enemy. He was criticised for this as the limitanei - the soldiers on the "limes"(pronounced LEE-mays) or frontier posts - were suposedly second class. Over down, however, the limitanei settled down at their posts and became soldier-settlers with families and farms, rather than purely garrison troops.

Altough a militia of sorts and treated as second class by the mobile comitatenses, the limitanei are fairly well equipped and have good chainmail, helmets, spears and large shields when they fight.