With The Emperor and the Army in the Later Roman Empire, AD 235–395 Mark Hebblewhite offers the first study solely dedicated to examining the nature of the relationship between the emperor and his army in the politically and militarily volatile later Roman Empire. Bringing together a wide range of available literary, epigraphic and numismatic evidence he demonstrates that emperors of the period considered the army to be the key institution they had to mollify in order to retain power and consequently employed a range of strategies to keep the troops loyal to their cause. Key to these efforts were imperial attempts to project the emperor as a worthy general (imperator) and a generous provider of military pay and benefits. Also important were the honorific and symbolic gestures each emperor made to the army in order to convince them that they and the empire could only prosper under his rule.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Preface and Acknowledgements
Selected Roman Emperors and Usurpers
Fides, the Army and the Emperor
The Ancient Sources
Chapter 1 – Dawn of the Warrior Emperor
Dynastic Rule Redefined?
A Dynastic Resurgence?
The Emperor as Commilito?
Chapter 2 –Advertising Military Success
Coinage and the Projection of Military Power
Virtus, Victoria and an empire in crisis
Virtus: The courage to lead
Victoria: An emperor’s duty
Emperors Armed for battle
Diocletian to Theodosius the Great: new messages for a new age
Portraits of Power
The Titulature of Military Success
Projecting success in crisis
Tetrarchs and dynasts: the titulature of shared military success
Chapter 3 – Praemia Militiae
Praemia Militiae of the Republic and Early Empire
A Severan Mercenary Army?
Praemia Militiae 235-395
Ceremony and the donativum
Stipendium: A Dying Praemium?
The Annona Militaris: Dona
The Economics of Praemia Militiae
Chapter 4 - The Emperor, The Law and Disciplina Militaris
The later empire
Soldiers and their families
Barbarians in a citizen army
Chapter 5 – Rituals of Identity
Acclamatio: The First Act of Fidelity?
Acclamatio in the age of the soldier emperors
Mark Hebblewhite completed his PhD at Macquarie University, Australia, in 2012 and has taught widely in the field of Ancient History. His research interests centre on the ideology and politics of the later Roman Empire, with particular reference to the role of the army. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Australia.