The Emperor and the Army in the Later Roman Empire, AD 235–395 by Mark Hebblewhite download in pdf, ePub, iPad
As Hebblewhite points out, those two legends came to the forefront as it implied that if the emperor had them, he could maintain his position. To maintain the bond of loyalty fides both the emperors and the potential usurpers had to keep a close relationship with the troops. During his reign, the popes Pontian and Anterus were put to death, along with the antipope Hippolytus. Also important were the honoriic and symbolic gestures each emperor made to the army in order to convince them that they and the empire could prosper only under his rule.
Nielsen Book Data Subjects. Even the most grandiose victory over a foreign or internal enemy could not assure the fides of the soldier without a tangible financial or another similar benefit. In the early empire, the emperor could perform military duties as one of his roles.
The fifth chapter addresses the panoply of visual spectacles that the ruler could use to govern and to remind the troops where their loyalty should lie. Even then, no formula or a method existed that would assure the permanent and complete loyalty of the troops for the imperial cause. It will surely be of value and importance to scholars and students of the period for many years to come.
The diversity of the broadcasting methods, which had an aim to strengthen the bond between the emperor and the army, as well the methods of their employment, are covered in the second chapter. The employment of specific strategies could help in keeping that valuable support, but only if the emperor could prove that he is capable to rule.
Finally, in the last chapter, Hebblewhite pays attention to the tools that the emperor could use to create a bond of symbolical identification with his fellow commilitones. Image courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group Inc. Attention was also given to strengthening the defenses of the Roman frontiers and punishing any abuses of power in the provinces. He attempted to gain the allegiance of the fortified city of Aquileia but failed and laid siege to it. Key to these eforts were imperial attempts to project the emperor as a worthy general imperator and a generous provider of military pay and beneits.
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