Cohors Primae Sunicorum – The First Cohort of Sunici

The Sunici or Sinuci were a Germanic tribe who lived on the shores of the Rhine in Lower Germany. The tribe is mentioned by Tacitus in his Histories (IV.lxvi), and it is possible that this infantry unit had originally been formed by the rebel Roman general Julius Civilis during the Batavian revolt of 69AD. It is possible that they formed the original garrison of the Caernarfon fort, and remained there for almost the entire time of Roman rule in Britain.

Evidence for the presence of Cohors Primae Sunicorum in Britain

  1. Burn 100; CIL XVI.65; military diploma dated July 17th 122AD.
  2. Cil Vii.1195; privilegia militvm, dated September 16th 124AD.
  3. L’Année Épigraphique 1997.1779a; diploma dated c.126AD.
  4. Caernarfon (RIB 430 198-209AD).