War in Late Antiquity : A Social History

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  • Copyright: 2007-09-11
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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War in Late Antiquity is the first book to focus on the social impact of warfare and the Roman army from the third to the early seventh century AD. Drawing on the rich and varied source materials for the period, Doug Lee investigates how the prominence of the army and of military affairs in Late Antiquity affected the broader political, economic, and social life of the Roman Empire. From the third century onwards, the Roman Empire was exposed to much more serious military threats than it had faced for centuries. This social history explores the implications of these changed circumstances for all aspects of Roman life, and assesses the experience of war by both combatants and non-combatants. Lee also examines the interplay between the military and the religious upheavals of the period, with special reference to the Christianisation of the Roman army and its role in implementing religious policy. Approaching familiar subjects from new perspectives, War in Late Antiquity offers novel insights into many facets of late Roman history.

Author Biography

A. D. Lee is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Nottingham, and the author of Information and Frontiers: Late Roman Foreign Relations (1993), and Pagans and Christians in Late Antiquity: A Sourcebook (2000).

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
List of Mapsp. x
List of Tablesp. xi
Prefacep. xii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Selected Roman Emperors during Late Antiquityp. xvi
Selected Persian Kings during Late Antiquityp. xviii
Table of Significant Eventsp. xix
Glossaryp. xxi
List of Abbreviationsp. xxiv
Introductionp. 1
War and its Causes in Late Antiquity: An Overviewp. 3
The Evolution of the Late Roman Army: An Outlinep. 9
Ancient Sources for War and the Army in Late Antiquity: A Guidep. 14
Emperors and Warfarep. 21
Changing Patterns of Imperial Involvement in Warfarep. 21
The Unchanging Ideology of Victoryp. 37
Military Loyalties and Civil Warp. 51
Retaining Soldiers' Loyaltiesp. 51
Civil War and Military Unrestp. 66
The Infrastructure of Warp. 74
Manpowerp. 74
Supplying the Armyp. 85
Fortificationsp. 98
The Economic Impact of Warp. 101
Economic Benefits of Warp. 101
Economic Costs of Warp. 105
The Experience of Warp. 123
Soldiersp. 125
Urban Communitiesp. 133
Rural Communitiesp. 138
Womenp. 141
Soldiers and Societyp. 147
Soldiers and their Familiesp. 147
Interaction between Military and Non-Military Elitesp. 153
Military-Civilian Interaction at Non-Elite Levelsp. 163
Army, Warfare, and Religionp. 176
The Changing Religious Complexion of the Armyp. 176
The Army and Religious Policyp. 193
A Christian Empire at Warp. 205
Notesp. 212
Bibliography of Ancient Sourcesp. 234
Bibliography of Modern Worksp. 240
Index of Ancient Sourcesp. 263
General Indexp. 270
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