- Title Pages
- Preface and Acknowledgements
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- Chapter 1 Introduction
- Chapter 2 The Formative Years
- Chapter 3 ‘Together under the Name of Romans’
- Chapter 4 A New Provincialism
- Chapter 5 Shifting Fortunes
- Chapter 6 The Captive Body
- Chapter 7 Geopolitics
- Chapter 8 Recruitment and the Limits of Localism
- Chapter 9 Ethnic Exceptionalism?
- Chapter 10 Military Service and the Urban Experience
- Chapter 11 Incorporation through Routine
- Chapter 12 Sacred Space and Sacred Time in the <i>Auxilia</i>
- Chapter 13 Centralizing Cult
- Chapter 14 Distinct Cult Communities within the <i>Auxilia</i>
- Chapter 15 Armoury of the <i>Bricoleur</i>?
- Chapter 16 Status, Competition, and Military Adornment
- Chapter 17 Between Roman and Barbarian
- Chapter 18 Disarming Ethnicity?
- Chapter 19 The Spoken Word
- Chapter 20 The Written Word
- Chapter 21 <i>Veterani</i> and Other Veterans
- Chapter 22 Conclusion
- (p.207) Chapter 13 Centralizing Cult
- Blood of the Provinces
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This chapter examines the character and form of those cults that can be seen as providing a cosmological link between military units both to one another and to the State. It builds upon the discussion of sacred time and sacred place offered in Chapter 12. While acknowledging that certain cult practices played a role in fostering awareness of a soldier’s place within a wider network of power and ritual, it also highlights the profound importance of local variations in these practices. The first section considers evidence for emperor worship/imperial cult. It attempts to assess the impact of emperor worship on the soldiers themselves. It then examines the cult of the standards, the role of genii, and cultic functions of military collegia. The chapter ends with a discussion of the Campestres, deities venerated by cavalrymen.
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