Palilia 20: Alexandra W. Busch, Military in Rome. Military and paramilitary units in the imperial cityscape (2012)
Palilia volume 20 is about the military in the city of Rome in all its aspects, especially the multiple layers of its cultural image, its effect on the urban population, and its significance for civilian life in the capital. In the Republican period Rome was considered a "demilitarised" zone. Under Augustus soldiers were stationed in the imperial capital for the first time, marking a decisive turning point between Republic and Principate. Between 10,000 and 40,000 soldiers lived and worked in Imperial Rome and constituted an important part of the civic culture of the city.
This book is the first comprehensive evaluation of the written, archaeological and iconographic sources for the military in Rome and the life and function of the Roman soldier in the capital.
The basis of archeological material for the study, like the architectural remains of the troops' accommodations (to the catalogue) as well as the grave monuments of soldiers and veterans (to the catalogue), was recorded and structured using the Arachne-database. Here, in addition to the printed work, all of the archaeological material can be recorded, found and according to the user's criteria it can be also re-sorted and exported by using both the catalogue's index of contents and via the ›Metasearch‹ as well as the ›Advanced Search‹. Arachne as a dynamic platform offers also the author the opportunity to add information to known pieces but also to missing pieces that became known after the publication of the book. The author is grateful for information, additions and corrections.