Nectaridus was an early Count of the Saxon Shore, a military leader in Roman Britain in the later fourth century AD.[1][2]

His command may have been an ad hoc creation, possibly during the reign of Valentinian I or Julian during the early 360s, in response to growing pirate raiding. His military command probably extended beyond Britain to include maritime forces protecting both sides of the English Channel.

Ammianus records that he was killed in 367 AD[3] during the Great Conspiracy, and the loss of such a high-ranking official would have been a blow to Roman prestige.

His replacement is not known, and the post may have been only a proto-version of the later office of Count.


  1. ^ Joan P. Alcock (26 May 2011). A Brief History of Roman Britain. Little, Brown Book Group. p. 95. ISBN 978-1-84901-813-5.
  2. ^ R. G. Collingwood; Robin George Collingwood; John Nowell Linton Myres (February 1936). Roman Britain and the English Settlements. Biblo & Tannen Publishers. p. 284. ISBN 978-0-8196-1160-4.
  3. ^ Peter Salway (31 May 2001). A History of Roman Britain. OUP Oxford. p. 281. ISBN 978-0-19-280138-8.

Further readingEdit

  • Peter Salway: History of Roman Britain, Oxford History of England, Oxford Paperbacks 2001, p. 281.