The Roman Army in Phrygia: the role of the soldiers under the Principate

Abstract : In the next days of Actium, Augustus installed in Phrygia soldiers to restore order there. The center of this device was the auxiliary garrison of Eumeneia, constitued by largely mounted troops. His central position allowed them to intervene quickly in any place of Phrygian space. Outside this one, stationes had been positioned in a rather dense way in places strategically the most important, in particular big crossroads as Apamea. The men, for many legionaries stem- ming from danubian units, assured the safety of roads in front of bandits and watched marble quarries and big imperial and senatorial domains. In spite of inevitable clashes with civilian population and of periods more delicate as the reign of Commodus, it seems nevertheless that their action allowed the Phrygia to stay calm and prosperous till the end of the Early Empire.
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Michel Roux. The Roman Army in Phrygia: the role of the soldiers under the Principate. HiMA, Presses Universitaires de Franche-Comté, 2018. ⟨hal-02349367⟩

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