Settlement and Soldiers in the Roman Near East: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Settlement and Soldiers in the Roman Near East

1st Edition

By David L. Kennedy


300 pages

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The Roman Near East has been a source of fascination and exasperation - an immense area, a rich archaeological heritage as well as documents in several local languages, a region with a great depth of urbanisation and development … yet relatively neglected by modern researchers and difficult to work on and in. Local archaeologists are often under-funded and the Roman period viewed as an earlier phase of western colonialism. Happily, the immense surge in archaeological and historical research on the Roman period everywhere has included the Roman Near East and there have been significant academic developments. This collection of studies on the Roman Near East represents Professor Kennedy’s academic assessment of the region, which began with his doctoral thesis on the contribution of Syria to the Roman army. Although the thesis was never published, several articles owe their genesis to work done then or soon after and are included here (VI, VII, IX, XII). Initial visits to military sites in Syria and Jordan swiftly brought out the presence in many cases of associated civil settlements and - though often now gone, the traces of ancient field systems. Hence, the two prominent sub-themes in this collection are the Roman military and various aspects of society and settlement - settlement types, farming, logistical underpinning and communications.


'… the quality of the papers is excellent, and all of them are well worth reprinting and re-reading. … this volume is invaluable and strongly recommended.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Part I The Roman Near East: The Roman near East; Demography, the population of Syria and the census of Q. Aemilius Secundus. Part II Settlement: The identity of Roman Gerasa: an archaeological approach; The frontier of settlement in Roman Arabia: Gerasa to Umm el-Jimal … and beyond; Water supply and use in the Southern Hauran, Jordan. Part III Soldiers: The special command of M. Valerius Lollianus; C. Velius Rufus; Legio VI Ferrata, the annexation and early garrison of Arabia; The construction of a vexillation from the army of Syria and the origin of alae milliariae; The garrisoning of Mesopotamia in the late Antonine and early Severan period; ‘Europaean’ soldiers at the Severan siege of Hatra; The military contribution of Syria to the Roman imperial army; Two Nabataean and Roman sites in southern Jordan: Khirbet el-Qirana and Khirbet el-Khalde; Addenda; References; Index.

About the Author

David L. Kennedy is Winthrop Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Western Australia, Australia.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Ancient / General