Roman Military Service

Roman Military Service

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In this book, Sara Phang explores the ideals and realities of Roman military discipline, which regulated the behaviour of soldiers in combat and their punishment, as well as economic aspects of their service, including compensation and other benefits, work and consumption. This thematically-organized study analyzes these aspects of discipline, using both literary and documentary sources. Phang emphasizes social and cultural conflicts in the Roman army. Contrary to the impression that Roman emperors 'bought' their soldiers and indulged them, discipline restrained such behaviour and legitimized and stabilized the imperial power. Phang argues that emperors and aristocratic commanders gained prestige from imposing discipline, while displaying leadership in person and a willingness to compromise with a restive soldiery.An account of social conflict in the Roman military should explain why the soldiersa#39; mutinies were relatively infrequent. ... Soldiers occupied an intermediate , subelite position in the Roman social hierarchy, in which their status was highly anbsp;...


Title:Roman Military Service
Author: Sara Elise Phang
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2008-01-14
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