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The adjective form of the word is “comital”. The British and Irish equivalent is an earl (whose wife is a “countess”, for lack of an English term). In the late Roman Empire, the Latin title comes denote the high rank of various courtiers and provincial officials. Either military or administrative: before Anthemius became emperor in the West in 467. He was military comes charge with strengthening defenses on the Danube frontier.
In the Western Roman Empire, Count came to indicate generically a military commander but was not a specific rank. In the Eastern Roman Empire, from about the seventh century,. Count” was a specific rank indicating the commander of two centuriae (i.e., 200 men).
Kingdoms were often appointed by a dux and later by a king. From the start the count was not in charge of a roving. Warband, but settled in a locality, known as a county. His main rival for power was the bishop, whose diocese was sometimes coterminous with the county.
A count might also be a count palatine, whose authority derived directly. From the royal household, the “palace” in its original sense of the seat of power and administration. This other kind of count had vague antecedents in Late Antiquity too. The father of Cassiodorus held positions of trust with Theodoric. As comes rerum privatarum, in charge of the imperial lands. Then as comes sacrarum largitionum (“count of the sacred doles”), concerned with the finances of the realm.
The position of comes was originally not hereditary. The position of count was regarded as an administrative official dependent on the king. Until the process of allodialisation during the 9th century in which it became private possessions of noble families. By virtue of their large estates, many counts could pass the title to their heirs—but not always.