Blood of the Provinces: The Roman Auxilia and the Making of Provincial Society from Augustus to the…

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byIan Haynes

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Blood of the Provinces is the first fully comprehensive study of the largest part of the Roman army, the auxilia. This non-citizen force constituted more than half of Rome's celebrated armies and was often the military presence in some of its territories. Diverse in origins, character, andculture, they played an essential role in building the empire, sustaining the unequal peace celebrated as the pax Romana, and enacting the emperor's writ.Drawing upon the latest historical and archaeological research to examine recruitment, belief, daily routine, language, tactics, and dress, this volume offers an examination of the Empire and its soldiers in a radical new way. Blood of the Provinces demonstrates how the Roman state addressed acrucial and enduring challenge both on and off the battlefield - retaining control of the miscellaneous auxiliaries upon whom its very existence depended. Crucially, this was not simply achieved by pay and punishment, but also by a very particular set of cultural attributes that characterizedprovincial society under the Roman Empire. Focusing on the soldiers themselves, and encompassing the disparate military communities of which they were a part, it offers a vital source of information on how individuals and communities were incorporated into provincial society under the Empire, andhow the character of that society evolved as a result.

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Blood of the Provinces is the first fully comprehensive study of the largest part of the Roman army, the auxilia. This non-citizen force constituted more than half of Rome's celebrated armies and was often the military presence in some of its territories. Diverse in origins, character, andculture, they played an essential role in buil...

Ian Haynes is Professor of Archaeology at Newcastle University. He has worked on Roman sites in Britain, Italy, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic, and is currently project director of excavations at Maryport, Cumbria. Professor Haynes was formerly chair of the archaeology committee of the Roman Society and is a Fellow ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:December 30, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsAbbreviationsList of figuresList of tables1. Introduction Blood of the ProvincesSection 1: The Auxilia and the Structures of Imperial Power2. The formative years: from the Late Republic to the Death of Tiberius3. Together under the name of Romans : The auxilia from Claudius to Trajan4. A New Provincialism: Hadrian and the Antonine Revolutions5. Shifting Fortunes: The auxilia under the SeveransSection 2: The Human Resource: The Recruitment of the Auxilia and its Consequences6. The Captive Body: Individual Recruitment7. Geopolitics: How Rome selectively exploited the manpower of the provinces8. Recruitment and the limits of localism9. Ethnic exceptionalism? Examining special recruitment practicesSection 3: A Home from Rome: Daily Life in the Auxilia10. Military Service and the Urban Experience11. Incorporation through routine: the power of everyday lifeSection 4: Through the Eyes of Believers: Religion, Ritual Activity and Cult Practice12. Sacred space and sacred time in the auxilia13. Centralising cult14. Distinct cult communities within the auxiliaSection 5: Arms and the Men: Equipment, Tactics and Identity15. Armoury of the Bricoleur The disparate origins of auxiliary equipment16. Status, competition and military adornment17. Between Roman and Barbarian: Auxiliary soldiers on the Battlefield18. Disarming ethnicity? Ethnic fighting traditions in the alae and cohortesSectiion 6: Pen and Sword: Communication and Cultural Transformation19. The Spoken Word20. The Written WordSection 7: Auxiliary Veterans and the Making of Provincial Society21. Veterani and other veterans22. Conclusion: Embodying RomeBibliographyIndex