"...Roman Military Service is an innovative and often very insightful look at Roman military practices." -- New York Military Affairs Symposium Review
"... a welcome contribution to our understanding of the important subject of discipline in the Roman army."
In this book, Sara Phang explores the ideals and realities of Roman military discipline, using both literary and documentary sources. Contrary to the impression that Roman emperors "bought" their soldiers and indulged them, discipline restrained such behavior and legitimized and stabilized the imperial power, while earning such leaders prestige.