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Decorations, military
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Decorations were used to reward soldiers' bravery and acts of courage in the Roman army as in all other armies, their advantage being that their cost to the common purse was slight, while at the same time they reinforced general awareness of military honour (Pol. 6,39). A pronounced feeling for hierarchical structures also had its influence on such decorations, as they were awarded according to the rank of the receiver ( dona militaria ). As A. Büttner has shown, the origins of Roman decorations may be found not only in Italy, but also in the Celtic a…

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Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon), “Decorations, military”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e209930>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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