Roman homogeneity

From: Andrew Barton <>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 15:57:33 -0500

> Many empires had diverse constituent troops types, the Achaemenids, the
Seleucids, the Macedonians, the Timurites, the Ottomans, even the Reconquista
Spanish. This is nothing unusual for large Empires. Indeed, Rome was rather
unusual for its homogeneity (although by the late Imperial period, this was

not the case either).

In the early Imperial period, Roman armies contained as many auxiliaries as legionaries. These included a very wide range of troop types, from bands of slingers to Sarmatian heavy cavalry.


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