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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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Recruitment and the Limits of Localism

Recruitment and the Limits of Localism

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(p.121) Chapter 8 Recruitment and the Limits of Localism
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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/9780199655342.003.0008

This chapter considers the impact of recruitment practice on the changing character of auxiliary units. Two major issues require consideration. The first concerns the circumstances under which units were moved away from their place of origin. Such movements potentially had devastating consequences for a unit’s relationship with its home community. The second concerns the degree to which army units in general and auxiliary regiments in particular became increasingly ‘local’ in character as a result of the continued influx of new recruits. The chapter argues that the common assertion that ‘local recruitment’ became a major factor in forming and reforming the character of units needs substantial qualification.

Keywords:   local recruitment, Sebasteni, Pannonian War, Batavian Revolt, Lambaesis, Pannonian civitates, military families

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