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Exploring the Mid-Republican Origins of Roman Military Administration With Stylus and Spear

By Elizabeth H. Pearson Copyright 2021
    228 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This volume demonstrates the development of Roman military bureaucracy during the Middle Republic, expanding on recent research to examine these administrative systems that made possible Rome’s expansion in this period.

    Bringing together literary works, epigraphy, archaeology, topography and demography, the study reveals a complex and well-structured bureaucratic system developing in parallel with the army during the Middle Republic, propelled in no small part by the stresses of the Hannibalic War. Not only the contents of documents, but the physical objects, individuals and spaces are discussed to re-create the administrative processes in maximum detail.

    Exploring the Mid-Republican Origins of Roman Military Administration provides an invaluable resource for students and scholars of Rome’s military and administrative history, as well as anyone working on the Republican period.

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    I: Dilectus

    II: The Census and Centralised Military Bureaucracy

    III: Recording Men on Campaign

    IV: Tributum and Stipendium

    V: Documents and Archives

    VI: Record Producers and Record Keepers

    Conclusion: The Mid-Republican Origins of Roman Military Administration

    Appendix I: Men Liable and Available for Military Service

    Appendix II: Men Over 17 Years Old With a Paterfamilias



    Elizabeth H. Pearson is an independent scholar. She completed her PhD at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, in 2016. In 2020, she won the Society of Military History’s Vandervort Prize for her article ‘Decimation and Unit Cohesion: Why Were Legionaries Willing to Perform Decimation?’.

    "The central position the army occupied in Imperial Rome is self-evident. This is reflected in the amount of research that has been devoted to the Roman army in the Imperial period. Far less is known about the army during the Republican period. Pearson seeks to remedy this imbalance in the unspectacular, though vitally important, sphere of military administration... The real virtue of this book is its attention to detailed argument. There is little in it that one could find fault with." - Bryn Mawr Classical Review