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Blood of the Provinces: The Roman Auxilia and the Making of Provincial Society from Augustus to the Severans

Ian Haynes


The auxilia provided more than half the manpower in Rome’s provincial armies. This book demonstrates how, both on the battlefield and off, the Roman state addressed a crucial and enduring challenge, retaining control of the miscellaneous auxiliaries upon whom its very existence depended. Crucially, this was not simply achieved by pay and punishment, but also by a very particular set of cultural attributes that characterized provincial society under the Roman Empire. To understand better these attributes, this book opens with a broad chronological survey which examines the development of the au ... More

Keywords: ala, cohors, auxilia, auxiliary soldiers, provincial society, Romanization, Roman Army, imperial power, incorporation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199655342
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655342.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Haynes, author
Professor, Chair of Archaeology, Newcastle University