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Soldiers and documents - insights from Nubia: the significance of written documents in Roman soldier's everyday lives


Speidel, Michael Alexander (2018). Soldiers and documents - insights from Nubia: the significance of written documents in Roman soldier's everyday lives. In: Kolb, Anne. Literacy in ancient everyday life. Berlin: De Gruyter, 179-200.

Abstract

The Roman army as an institution and the Roman soldier as an individual could not have functioned without the written word. A few newly published finds from Primis / Qasr Ibrim in Lower Nubia as well as a number of other documents discussed in this paper illustrate the extent to which administrative paperwork and the soldiers’ (semi-)private correspondence contributed to the army’s functioning and governed the soldiers’ everyday lives already in the first decades of the new imperial army. Other evidence shows how the formal and symbolic qualities of imperial and official texts, and administrative documents served Roman soldiers from all types of units in their private documents and monuments as a means to demonstrate military identity.

Abstract

The Roman army as an institution and the Roman soldier as an individual could not have functioned without the written word. A few newly published finds from Primis / Qasr Ibrim in Lower Nubia as well as a number of other documents discussed in this paper illustrate the extent to which administrative paperwork and the soldiers’ (semi-)private correspondence contributed to the army’s functioning and governed the soldiers’ everyday lives already in the first decades of the new imperial army. Other evidence shows how the formal and symbolic qualities of imperial and official texts, and administrative documents served Roman soldiers from all types of units in their private documents and monuments as a means to demonstrate military identity.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of History
Dewey Decimal Classification:900 History
Uncontrolled Keywords:History, Ancient History, Military History, Cultural History, Cultural Studies, Roman History, Literacy, Papyrology, Administrative History, Latin Epigraphy, Roman military history, Roman Army, Roman Epigraphy, Greek Papyrology, Administration, Roman Empire, Roman imperial history, Roman imperialism, Greek and Roman Epigraphy, Bureaucracy, Roman Archaeology
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:04 Jun 2021 14:02
Last Modified:26 Jan 2024 02:47
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISBN:9783110591880
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:https://uzb.swisscovery.slsp.ch/permalink/41SLSP_UZB/rloemb/alma990112795670205508 (Library Catalogue)