Warfare and Society in Imperial Rome, C. 31 BC-AD 280

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Overview

This well-documented study of the Roman army provides a crucial aid to understanding the Roman Empire in economic, social and political terms. Employing numerous examples, Brian Campbell explores the development of the Roman army and the expansion of the Roman Empire from 31 BC-280 AD.
When Augustus established a permanent, professional army, this implied a role for the Emperor as a military leader. Warfare and Society in Imperial Rome examines this personal association between army and emperor, and argues that the Emperor's position as commander remained much the same for the next 200 years.

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'This is an excellent study of the Roman army of early and middle Empire in its social, political and economic roles.' - JACT Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415278812
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Warfare and History Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Lexile: 1760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface and acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Emperors from Augustus to Diocletian
1 The origins of war 1
The Roman Republic 2
Augustus and warfare 4
Warfare after Augustus 9
Frontier policy? 16
2 Soldiers and war 22
Recruiting in the Republic 22
Recruiting in the imperial period 25
The social background of Roman soldiers 32
Morale: personal motivation 34
Morale: the military community 36
3 The nature of war 47
The structure of the army; types of war 48
Battle tactics 51
Battle experience 56
Wounds 65
Casualties 68
'The Romans always win' 70
4 War and the community 77
The effects of war 77
Paying for the army 83
The military presence: internal control and policing 89
The military presence: soldiers and subjects 91
The military presence: economic effects 92
The military presence: social effects 96
Veterans 100
5 War and politics 106
Leaders and soldiers 106
Civil war, militarism and praetorianism 113
The later empire 119
6 War and public opinion 122
Augustus and military glory 122
War and public opinion after Augustus 132
Buildings, monuments and statues 135
Coins 140
Public display 143
Imperial communication and response 146
7 Epilogue 151
Brief chronological table 155
Notes 157
Bibliography 189
Index 203
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