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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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A New Provincialism

A New Provincialism

Hadrian and the Antonine Revolutions

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(p.74) (p.75) Chapter 4 A New Provincialism
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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/9780199655342.003.0004

This chapter examines the evolution of the auxilia from the accession of Hadrian in AD 117 to the death of Commodus in AD 192. The archaeological evidence from this period is particularly rich, and the rapid evolution of frontier systems means has meant that a large number of tightly datable assemblages are available. This evidence has allowed scholars to identify rapid change in the material cultural of Rome’s armies. But the changes in army and society went well beyond the material. Changes in service conditions for the auxilia reflect shifts in broad policy while the decision made in AD 140 to stop awarding citizenship to the children of honourably discharged auxiliaries had clear implications for the families of many veterans.

Keywords:   frontiers, Limesforschung, Lambaesis Speech, Column of Marcus Aurelius, diploma formula, unit strengths, epikrisis documents, Antonine Revolution

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