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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