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Blood of the ProvincesThe Roman Auxilia and the Making of Provincial Society from Augustus to the Severans$
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Ian Haynes

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655342.001.0001

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Incorporation through Routine

Incorporation through Routine

The Power of Everyday Life

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(p.164) (p.165) Chapter 11 Incorporation through Routine
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Blood of the Provinces
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Ian Haynes

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655342.003.0011

Discussions of daily life in the Roman army almost invariably focus on the duties performed by soldiers, on the changing of the guard, the detailing of patrols, and the on-going cycle of training. Recently there has been some attempt to consider life off-duty, but still the minutiae of everyday life are overlooked. To appreciate better the impact of life in camp on individuals, and the degree to which individuals were themselves able to transform their environment, this chapter looks beyond formal structures to examine mundane routine as represented by the use of key artefacts in military installations. Ancient writers recognized the way that consumption associated soldiers with Rome in the eyes of outsiders, and defined their particular niche within provincial society to insiders. The chapter examines some of the most essential elements, from objects associated with notions of personal hygiene to those indicating distinctive foodways.

Keywords:   habitus, routine, hygiene, bathing, hair, sweat, olive oil, bread, wine, beer

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