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Soldier and society in Roman Egypt : a social history /
Richard Alston.
imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 1995.
description
viii, 263 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
0415122708
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imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 1995.
isbn
0415122708
dissertation note
Based on the author's thesis (Ph.D.)--University of London, 1990.
catalogue key
1530445
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The province of Egypt provides unique archaeological and documentary evidence for the study of the Roman army. In this fascinating social history Richard Alston examines the economic, cultural, social and legal aspects of a military career, illuminating the life and role of the individual soldier in the army. Soldier and Society in Roman Eygpt provides a complete reassessment of the impact of the Roman army on local societies, and convincingly challenges the orthodox picture. The soldiers are seen not as an isolated elite living in fear of the local populations, but as relatively well integrated into local communities. The unsuspected scale of the army's involvement in these communities offers a new insight into both Roman rule in Egypt and Roman imperialism more generally.
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The province of Egypt provides unique archaeological and documentary evidence for the study of the Roman army. In this fascinating social history, Richard Alston examines the economic, cultural, social and legal aspects of the military career, illuminating the life and role of the individual soldier in the army. Solider and Society in Roman Egyptprovides a complete reassessment of the impact of the Roman army on local societies, and convincingly challenges the orthodox pciture. The soldiers are seen not as an isolated elite living in fear of the local populations, but as relatively well-integrated into local communities. The unsuspected scale of the army's involvment in these communities offers a new insight into both Roman rule in Egypt and Roman imperialism as well.
Bowker Data Service Summary
By studying the economic, cultural and social aspects of a military career, Alston illuminates the lives of the Roman soldiers. This book is a social history of the Roman army and gives us a rare insight into the lives of these men.
Table of Contents
List of maps, tables and figures
Preface
Abbreviations
Introductionp. 1
The Army and the Provincep. 13
Recruitment and Veteran Settlementp. 39
The Legal Status of Soldiers and Veteransp. 53
The Army in Actionp. 69
The Army and the Economyp. 102
Karanis: A Village in Egyptp. 117
Diocletian and Afterp. 143
Conclusionp. 156
Appendix 1: Military Unitsp. 163
Appendix 2: The Archaeology of the Armyp. 192
Notesp. 208
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 259
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