- 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
The Written Word
The Written Word
- (p.312) (p.313) Chapter 20 The Written Word
- Blood of the Provinces
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This chapter examines the role of the written word in provincial society through the experience of the auxilia. It begins with a particularly dramatic case study, an after action report on the praesidium of Patkoua on the road between Coptos and Myos Hormos. Most of the examples offered are more mundane, albeit no less indicative of the importance of writing to the soldier and his world. While it is clear that Latin enjoyed a particular significance, it was not, as has often been argued, the official language of the Roman army. The chapter shows how the military offered extra incentives to use the written word, and how the soldiers may in turn have promoted use of the written word in wider society.
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