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Eastern religious influences in the imperial Roman Army

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dc.contributor.advisor Epplett, Christopher
dc.contributor.advisor Robinson, Thomas A. (Thomas Arthur) Chomiak, Amanda University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science 2009-10-09T20:48:35Z 2009-10-09T20:48:35Z 2008
dc.description v, 164 leaves ; 29 cm. en
dc.description.abstract Religion was an important, and unifying element of the imperial Roman army. The imperial cult created and maintained a bond among the troops. Studying the specific cults of Mithra, Jupiter Dolichenus and Sol Invictus is also valuable, as they reflect Romanization, illustrate cult movement in the empire and represent military religious practices. Despite contemporary concerns there was also a Christian and Jewish presence within the imperial army. The imperial army permitted all cults, as long as Rome's state cults were respected. Imperial influence, especially by the Severan Dynasty, may explain the introduction of many eastern cults. An increased number of provincial recruits over the first three centuries CE, and a heightened transfer of troops to the eastern frontiers, may also explain the escalated worship of non-Roman, eastern cults during the imperial period. Modern scholarship on such issues is emphasized in this study, as it guides the interpretation of primary evidence. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Department of History, 2008 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en
dc.subject Rome -- Army -- History en
dc.subject Rome -- Army -- Religious life en
dc.subject Soldiers -- Religious life -- Rome en
dc.title Eastern religious influences in the imperial Roman Army en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en
dc.publisher.department History en Masters

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