Roman Military Service: Ideologies of Discipline in the Late Republic and Early Principate

Roman Military Service: Ideologies of Discipline in the Late Republic and Early Principate


By (author) Sara E. Phang


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  • Format: Paperback | 354 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 24mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1107407907
  • ISBN 13: 9781107407909
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,791,817

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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.

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'... a welcome contribution to our understanding of the important subject of discipline in the Roman army.' Arctos

Table of contents

1. Theorizing discipline: social conflict, legitimation, and power; 2. Combat training and discipline; 3. Viri militares: habitus and discipline; 4. Disciplina and punishment; 5. Disciplining wealth: the ideologies of stipendia and donativa; 6. Labor militaris: work as discipline; 7. Feasts of mass destruction: disciplina and austerity.