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

ISBN-10: 0521882699

ISBN-13: 9780521882699

Edition: 2008

Authors: Sara Elise Phang

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In this book, Sara Phang explores the ideals and realities of Roman military discipline, which regulated the behavior 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 behavior 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 soldiery.
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Book details

List price: $103.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/14/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 334
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Preface and Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
General Introduction
Theorizing Disciplina: Social Conflict, Legitimation, and Power
Combat Training and Discipline
Viri Militares: Habitus and Discipline
Disciplina and Punishment
Disciplining Wealth: The Ideologies of Stipendia and Donativa
Labor Militaris: Work as Discipline
Feasts of Mass Destruction: Disciplina and Austerity
General Conclusion
Bibliography
Index