In the palace of Constantinople there were
thirty silentiaries, who were styled hastati, ante fores
cubiculi, an honorable title * which conferred the rank,
without imposing the duties, of a senator, (Cod. Theodos. l.
vi. tit. 23. Gothofred. Comment. tom. ii. p. 129.)
The History Of The Decline And
Fall Of The Roman Empire
—Fall In The East