Armed Batavians

Use and Significance of Weaponry and Horse Gear from Non-military Contexts in the Rhine Delta (50 BC to AD 450)

Johan Nicolay

Johan Nicolay

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

424 pages | 120 halftones | 7-3/4 x 12
Cloth $90.95 ISBN: 9789053562536 Published March 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Using a life-cycle model for Roman soldiers, Johan Nicolay interprets the large quantity of first-century finds as personal memorabilia brought home by ex-soldiers as a reminder of their twenty-five years of service and a symbol of their newly-acquired veteran status. Underpinning Nicolay’s research is an extensive inventory of militaria from urban centers, rural settlements, rivers, and graves—presented in nearly one hundred individual color plates. Introducing a considerable body of unpublished data, as well as offering a perspective on daily life in the northern frontier of the Roman Empire, this volume is a valuable addition to Roman military and material history.
1. Introduction
 1.1 Background, objectives and development of the research
 1.2 Geographical context and specific characteristics of the research region
 1.3 'Military' and 'civilian' during the Roman period
2. Military Equipment and Horse Gear: A Survey
 2.1 Miltary equipment
 2.2 Horse gear
 2.3 Phasing and historical context
3. An Analysis of the Finds at the Regional and Site Level
 3.1 Chronological analysis
 3.2 Geographical analysis
 3.3 Composition and spatial distribution at the site level
 3.4 Conclusion
4. Production and Symbolic Imagery
 4.1 The production of weaponry and horse gear
 4.2 Decoration and symbolism
 4.3 Conclusion
5. Military Equipment and the Life Cycle of a Roman Soldier
 5.1 The life cycle of a Roman soldier
 5.2 Use of weaponry and horse gear during the life of a soldier
 5.3 Types of social use in the different non-military contexts
 5.4 Conclusion
6. Non-Military Use of Weaponry and Horse Gear in Urban and Rural Settlements
 6.1 The bearing of arms by non-soldiers
 6.2 Military-civilian use of the cingulum and baldric
 6.3 Non-miltary uses of horse gear
 6.4 Conclusion
7. Warriors, Soldiers, and Civilians. Use and Significance of Weaponry and Horse Gear in a Changing Socio-Political Context
 7.1 The pre-Roman situation: the importance of warriorship
 7.2 Consequences of the Roman takeover: continuity and discontinuity of late Iron Age traditions
 7.3 A 'civilian lifestyle' at the imperial frontier
 7.4 'Germanic' newcomers and a revival of marital values?
 7.5 Conclusion
Appendices 1-4
About the plates and the catalogue
Plates 1-96
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