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Blood of the Provinces: The Roman Auxilia and the Making of Provincial Society from Augustus to the Severans (Hardback)
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Blood of the Provinces: The Roman Auxilia and the Making of Provincial Society from Augustus to the Severans (Hardback)

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Hardback 448 Pages / Published: 03/10/2013
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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, and culture, 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 a crucial 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 characterized provincial 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, and how the character of that society evolved as a result.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199655342
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 914 g
Dimensions: 240 x 163 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
fascinating and authoritative... Essential for students of the Roman world, this book also offers plenty of interest to more general readers. * Current Archaeology *
superb study * Times Literary Supplement *
For those with a serious interest in the Roman army and more widely in the impact of the Roman empire on provincial populations, I have no hesitation in recommending a book that came out late last year - Ian Haynes, The Blood of the Provinces. * Adrian Goldsworthy, Ancient Historian and Novelist *
This book is a crucial contribution not only to Roman military studies but to Roman archaeology and history more generally ... Blood of the Provinces has set the bar high for future work on the Roman military * Tyler Franconi, Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
excellent ... For any student of the Roman army or of Roman provincial life, this book is essential reading ... In this formidable volume, Haynes has given us a study of the auxilia that is unlikely to be superseded in a generation. * Colin E. P. Adams, American Historical Review *

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