Roman Military Service

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

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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 more

Product details

  • Hardback | 334 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0521882699
  • 9780521882699
  • 1,968,408

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

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 more

About Sara E. Phang

Sara Elise Phang is a scholar of Roman history and author of The Marriage of Roman Soldiers (13 BC-AD 235): Law and Family in the Imperial Army, which won the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities in Classical more