Scholae Palatinae (Eastern Roman Empire)
Scholae Palatinae (ERE)
Appears in Rome: Total War: Barbarian Invasion
Type Heavy Cavalry
Weapon(s) Spear
Attack skill 8
Charge bonus 6
Hitpoints 1
Armor 9
Defense skill 8
Shield bonus 4
Special abilities Can form Wedge; Good morale; Good stamina

The Scholae Palatinae are the Emperor's palace guards, a cavalry elite within the Roman army.


The military reforms carried by Constantine the Great included formalising the comitatenses (field army) and limitanei (border troops), both types developed from the old legions. The Praetorian Guards, however, did not survive the reforms. They had become a threat to every Emperor with their constant conspiracies and loyalty only to themselves. As a result, the defences of the palaces were put in the hands of a new guard, one that was much more closely monitored for political - as well as military - reliability. The result is the scholae palatinae, a well trained, well equipped and undoubtedly elite force of Roman cavalry, something of a change for an army best known for its infantrymen.