Throughout this volume, an attempt has been made to illuminate the parallelism between the imperial system’s incorporation of peoples — classifying them according to scales of rights and obligations while leaving many of their traditions and customs largely intact — and the experience of individual soldiers — pulled into a larger entity, classified, categorized, and yet able to make a range of individual choices which had little to do with Rome itself. Yet a challenge remains. How do we access the lives of individuals archaeologically? This concluding chapter offers a contextualized discussion of four individuals associated with the auxilia. These examples show how different and how similar a soldier’s life in the auxilia could be. Selected from settings that exemplify the evolving character of provincial society, with its sometimes brutal fits and starts, it is possible to see how the mechanisms of incorporation converge.
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