Cavalry troop of imperial bodyguards, like the scholae palatinae and the exkoubitoi (qq.v.). Kandidatoi were more an ornamental guard, recognizable on ceremonial occasions by the white trappings they wore over gilded armor. During the reign of Justin I, the future Justinian I (qq.v.) was a kandidatos.

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  • Scholae Palatinae — The Scholae Palatinae (literally Palatine Schools , in el. polytonic|Σχολαὶ), were an elite military guard unit, usually ascribed to the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great as a replacement to the Praetorian Guard. The Scholae survived in Roman… …   Wikipedia

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