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Militärschriftsteller

(474 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[English version] Die intellektuelle Ausbildung der künftigen Offiziere des röm. Heeres beruhte auf der Lektüre und Erklärung der Schriften von Historikern wie Polybios und Livius sowie der mil. Dienstanweisungen, die unter Augustus und Hadrianus in Kraft gesetzt worden und noch unter Severus Alexander gültig waren (Veg. mil. 1,27: Augusti atque Hadriani constitutiones; Suet. Aug. 24f.; vgl. Cass. Dio 69,9,4). Daneben wurden auch Schriften von Cato, Marius [I 1], Rutilius Rufus (Val. Max. 2,3,2) und Arrius [II 5] Menander gelesen. Unter Constant…

Decimatio

(203 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[English version] Die d. ist eine im röm. Heer selten angewandte Form der Bestrafung einer ganzen Einheit (Pol. 6,38; Frontin. strat. 4,1,34; 4,1,37; Quint. decl.348). Die Tribunen wählten durc…

Disciplina militaris

(849 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[English version] Das lat. Wort disciplina bezeichnet a) ein Wissensgebiet oder eine Wissenschaft und b) Gehorsam. In Verbindung mit dem röm. Militärwesen erscheint disciplina meist in der zweiten Bed.; bei Frontinus wird die Kenntnis des Militärwesens rei militaris scientia genannt (Frontin. strat. 1 praef. 1). Die Wendung disciplina militaris wird von Valerius Maximus sowie Plinius gebraucht und ist überdies epigraphisch belegt (Val.Max. 2,7; Plin. epist. 10,29; S.c. de Cn. Pisone patre, 52; ILS 3809). Tacitus charakterisiert mit den Worten militia disciplinaque nostra den röm. Militärdienst (Tac. ann. 3,42,1; vgl. veteris disciplinae decus: ann. 1,35,1), und bei Vegetius werden die mil. Erfolge der Römer auch auf die disciplina zurückgeführt (Veg. mil. 1,1: Nulla enim alia re videmus populum Romanum orbem subegisse terrarum nisi armorum exercitio, disciplina castrorum usuque militiae.

Panzer

(645 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)

Beneficiarii

(113 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[English version] wurden bereits bei Caesar (civ. 1,75,2; 3,88,5) erwähnt; nach Vegetius (mil. 2,7) handelte es sich um Soldaten, die ihre Beförderung einem beneficium ihrer Vorgesetzten verdankten und von den munera befreit waren. Sie waren einem Offizier zugeordnet, in dessen Diensten sie rechtliche und finanzielle Funktionen ausübten, die eine gewisse Kompetenz erforderten. Man findet die b. in allen Einheiten, in der Marine, in den auxilia, in den Legionen und in Rom. Einige von ihnen nahmen auch Aufgaben im…

Corniculum, cornicularii

(173 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[English version] In der Zeit der Republik gehörte das c. zu den dona militaria (Liv. 10,44,5; Suet. gramm. 9; CIL I2 709 = ILS 8888); in der Prinzipatszeit sind die cornicula nur noch ein Rangabzeichen. Die genaue Bed. des Wortes ist umstritten. Entweder wird es von cornus (Kornellkirsche) oder von cornu(Horn) hergeleitet. Es handelte sich dementsprechend entweder um zwei kleine Speere …

Imaginiferi, Imaginifarii

(204 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[English version] Der imaginifer war ein Soldat, der zumindest bei Festen ein Bildnis ( imago) des Princeps trug (Veg. mil. 2,6; 2,7; Ios. ant. Iud. 18,55); sicherlich besaßen die i. keine direkt mil. Aufgaben. In jeder Legion gab es einen imaginifer, der jedoch nicht unbedingt der ersten Kohorte ( cohors ) angehörte (CIL III 2553: 3. Kohorte). Nach Vegetius (mil. 2,7) waren i. auch in anderen Einheiten vertreten. Inschriftlich sind i. für die cohortes urbanae und die vigiles in Rom sowie für die Legionen und die Einheiten der auxilia ( alae, coh…

Corvus

(136 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[English version] [1] militärisch Die Erfindung des c. (“Rabe”) wird C. Duilius, cos. 260 v.Chr. und Sieger über die Karthager in der Schlacht bei Mylae, zugeschrieben. Es handelte sich um eine Enterbrücke, die am Bug des Schiffes angebracht war und mit Hilfe einer Rolle und eines Seils dirigiert wurde. Wenn man sie auf das feindliche Schiff niederfallen ließ, blieb ein Metallhaken fest im Verdeck stecken; so konnte die Takelage des Gegners beschädigt werden, die röm. Soldaten konnten das Schiff entern (Pol. 1,22,23). Mit der Erfindung des c. wurde der Taktik des Enterns der Vorz…

Auszeichnungen, militärische

(811 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[English version] Um die Tapferkeit und den Mut von Soldaten zu belohnen, wurden im röm. Heer - wie in allen anderen Heeren auch - A. vergeben, die den Vorteil hatten, daß sie das Gemeinwesen wenig kosteten und gleichzeitig das Bewußtsein soldatischer Ehre verstärkten (Pol. 6,39). Das starke Empfinden für hierarchische Strukturen hatte auch Einfluß auf derartige A., denn sie wurden abhängig vom Dienstgrad des Empfängers vergeben (

Exauctorare

(226 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[German version] The verb exauctorare refers to the judicial act, by which a Roman military commander could release a soldier or an entire unit from their oath of allegiance. Such an act could be carried out at certain times defined in law, in the Republican era for example following a victory, at the time of the Principate at the end of a soldier's compulsory military service (Suet. Aug. 24,2; Suet. Tib. 30; Tac. Ann. 1,36,4; Tac. Hist. 1,20,6). In exceptional circumstances, this might be linked wi…

Labarum

(209 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[German version] Before the Battle of the Milvian Bridge ( Pons Milvius) against Maxentius in AD 312, in a dream described as a vision, Constantine I was advised to have the first two letters of the name of Christ, in Greek chi and rho (Χ and Ρ), inscribed on the shields of his soldiers, if he wished victory: τούτῳ νίκα (‘By this sign be victorious’; cf. Lactant. De mort. pers. 44; Euseb. Vita Const. 1,26-31). This Christogram was later fixed to the tip of a standard consisting of a long lance with a flag bearing the Imperial medallion hung on a crosspiece. It is unclear whether the name labarum given…

Armour

(709 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[German version] Even the heroes of the Homeric epics protected themselves with armour made of bronze or linen (Hom. Il. 3,830; 11,15-28). In the archaic period, body armour (θώραξ/  Thorax ) was included as part of the equipment of the Greek   hoplítai ; during the classic period however, metal armour was increasingly replaced by armour made of lighter materials. In the Roman army, armour ( lorica) was worn by the prima classis (according to Liv. 1,43,2, this in the early days of Rome denoted the wealthiest class of citizens with assets of 100,000 As or more). Diff…

Imaginiferi, Imaginifarii

(215 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[German version] The imaginifer was a soldier who, at least at festivals, carried an image (

Accensi

(147 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[German version] Originally, the accensi (also accensi velati, ‘clothed (only) with a cloth cloak’) were members of the army who were too poor to equip themselves. They accompanied the legions and, positioned behind the other soldiers, had to replace the dead using their weapons (Fest. 369 M; Liv. 8,8,8; Cic. Rep. 2,40). They were recruited according to their census income. After the introduction of pay for soldiers (in our record in 406 BC) they no longer appeared in this form. From then on the term accensi described a small, little respected part of the troops that was recruit…

Disciplina militaris

(943 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[German version] The Latin term disciplina designates a) a field of knowledge or an academic discipline and b) obedience. According to Livy (Liv. 9,17,10), in Rome disciplina militaris had evolved into an ars. In conjunction with the Ro…

Decorations, military

(877 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[German version] 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 and Greek worlds as well as the Orient. They can be divided into various categories: 1. Hasta pura: this reward in the form of a weapon represents a problem for historians. According to Varro (Serv. Aen. 6,760), it was manufactured ‘without iron’; it was accordingly assumed that this was a plain, blunt thrusting spear made of wood. But several funerary reliefs depict a hasta pura with a point. V. Maxfield therefore thinks that the lack of iron had a ritual basis, and that the hasta pura was never used as a weapon. 2. Vexillum was a cavalry decoration, and took the form of a piece of material hanging down from the

Corvus

(137 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[German version] [1] Military The invention of the corvus (‘raven’) is attributed to C. Duilius, cos. in 260 BC and victor over the Carthaginians in the battle of Mylae. It was a boarding-plank attached to the bow of the ship, steered with the aid of a pulley and a rope. When it was thrown on to the enemy ship, a metal hook remained fixed to the deck; this was a way of damaging the enemy's rigging, which allowed the Roman soldiers to enter the ship (Pol. 1,22,23). With the invention of the

Military writers

(522 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[German version] The intellectual education of the future officers of the Rom…

Shield

(605 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[German version] I. Greece Shields were primarily used to protect soldiers in battle; as a crater from Mycenae ( c. 1200 BC) vividly shows, shields were already part of the equipment of warriors in the Mycenaean period. Homer mentions a round shield (ἀσπίς/ aspís) which was embossed with sheet bronze and strengthened with the skins of oxen (Cattle) (Hom. Il. 12,294-297; 13,156-166). In the middle there was a shield boss (ὀμφαλός/ omphalós; Hom. Il. 13,192). A strap (τελαμών/ telamṓn; Hom. Od. 11,609-614) enabled the shield to be carried without holding it in the hand. The…

Military law

(674 words)

Author(s): Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon)
[German version] Military service in Rome was controlled by a variety of laws, the development of which was strongly influenced by established religious beliefs and collective mindsets. From the early days of the city, Roman citizens were obligated to perform military service; the ranks of the citizens were reinforced by the auxilia (auxiliaries) of the socii . When a citizen was drafted as a soldier, he was no longer subject to paternal authority (
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