Emperors and Armies, ad 235-395
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Colleges, School and Institutes
This chapter shows that the relationship of emperors and armies had always been intricate, with the realities conveniently concealed behind civilian fictions. In the later Empire military need dictated various changes in Roman military forces in terms of numbers, balance and disposition of forces, and recruitment; the imperial adoption of Christianity also affected the religious attachment of soldiers. These changes should not be seen in too negative a light: after the difficulties of the 3rd century, the Roman army operated as a powerfully effective fighting force throughout the 4th century, and it remained an essentially Roman institution throughout.
|Title of host publication||Approaching Late Antiquity: The Transformation from Early to Late Empire|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
- Emperors, Roman army, Roman empire