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Comes, a word which means companion, in the proper and natural sense, was used under the princes of the lower empire to designate those who were of the household, and in the train of the sovereign, and who had some peculiar functions. 

Comes Imperii signifies a colleague in government, and is, perhaps, in this sense to be taken, when the word is found on coins of the imperial series, whereon it serves to flatter to the reigning emperor, with whose name are associated the names of certain deities, such as Hercules, Sol, Victoria, etc.

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