The limitanei were considered second class soldiers and were looked down on by the elite troops of the Comitatensis, or central mobile field army who were paid regularly and much better equipped. Also, these soldiers who lived out on the fringes of the civilized world stood a good chance of being annihilated totally if a barbarian invasion of any size occurred in their sector. Any help that could be provided by the professionals in the mobile field army would most likely be a week’s march away.
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