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Commanders and Command in the Roman Republic and Early Empire

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Commanders and Command in the Roman Republic and Early Empire by Fred K Drogula
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In this work, Fred Drogula studies the development of Roman provincial command using the terms and concepts of the Romans themselves as reference points. Beginning in the earliest years of the republic, Drogula argues, provincial command was not a uniform concept fixed in positive law but rather a dynamic set of ideas shaped by traditional practice. Therefore, as the Roman state grew, concepts of authority, control over territory, and military power underwent continual transformation. This adaptability was a tremendous resource for the Romans since it enabled them to respond to new military challenges in effective ways. But it was also a source of conflict over the roles and definitions of power. The rise of popular politics in the late republic enabled men like Pompey and Caesar to use their considerable influence to manipulate the flexible traditions of military command for their own advantage. Later, Augustus used nominal provincial commands to appease the senate even as he concentrated military and governing power under his own control by claiming supreme rule. In doing so, he laid the groundwork for the early empire's rules of command.

Author Biography

Fred K. Drogula is a historian of ancient Greece and Rome. His research focuses on the cultural, political, and intellectual history of the ancient Romans, with a particular interest in the history of the Roman Republic.
Release date Australia
April 30th, 2015
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
The University of North Carolina Press
Pages
432
Dimensions
156x235x34
ISBN-13
9781469621265
Product ID
22890813

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