The Late Roman Army

Overview

From the reign of Septimius Severus at the end of the second century A.D., the Roman Empire was continuously beset by internal unrest, revolts, usurpations, civil wars, and attacks along its far-flung frontiers. Scarcely a part of the empire was unaffected, and some areas were forced to deal with several serious problems at the same time. This book is the first comprehensive discussion of the Roman army during this period, and it shows how the army adapted itself to meet these growing threats and how effective it...
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Overview

From the reign of Septimius Severus at the end of the second century A.D., the Roman Empire was continuously beset by internal unrest, revolts, usurpations, civil wars, and attacks along its far-flung frontiers. Scarcely a part of the empire was unaffected, and some areas were forced to deal with several serious problems at the same time. This book is the first comprehensive discussion of the Roman army during this period, and it shows how the army adapted itself to meet these growing threats and how effective it was in combating them.
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'The book is both readable and enjoyable, and it can be heartily recommended as a starting point for the study of the Late Roman army.' - The Classical Review

'There is much in this book to be lauded, and it will be a useful tool for students and teachers of Roman military history and archaeology.' - Jane Webster, University of Leicester

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300194685
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/19/2012
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author


Pat Southern is head librarian in the department of archaeology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Karen Ramsey Dixon is a research fellow at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of plates
Preface and acknowledgements
List of emperors
Outline of significant events
Ch. I Sources 1
Ch. II Crisis and Transition 4
Ch. III Barbarians and Bureaucrats: The Army from Constantine to Justinian 39
Ch. IV Recruitment 67
Ch. V Conditions of Service 76
Ch. VI Equipment 89
Ch. VII Fortifications 127
Ch. VIII Siege Warfare 148
Ch. IX The Morale of the Late Roman Army 168
Ch. X The End of the Army 179
Maps I-IV: The Empire from the mid second century to the fifth century AD 181
Glossary 186
Bibliography 189
Index 200
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