Imperial guard created by Leo I (q.v.), commanded by a comes (q.v.) exkoubitores, later a domestikos (q.v.) ex-koubitores. Such commanders wielded considerable power on occasion, as seen in the example of usurper Valentinus Arsakuni (q.v.) who engineered the downfall of Martina (q.v.). Unlike the largely ceremonial candidatoi (q.v.), the exkoubitores were one of several elite regiments (tagmata [q.v.]) that included the scholaepalatinae and the hikanatoi (qq.v.).

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