Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name




Degree Program

History, MA

Committee Chair

Westerfeld, Jennifer Taylor


Rome--Foreign relations--Egypt; Rome--Army; Rome--History, Military--30 B.C.-476 A.D.


This thesis uses the military reforms of the Roman Emperors Diocletian and Constantine as a jumping-off point for the examination of the Roman army as it existed in fourth-century CE Egypt. The thesis argues that the Roman army was not an elite institution isolated from the civilian population, but an integral part of provincial society. Studying the army’s relationship with the civilian population allows for the military to be placed more firmly into the social and economic context of the late Roman Empire. Egypt selected itself as a good case study for such an investigation because of the abundant amount of documentary evidence that has survived from the province. Relatively little scholarly attention has been given to the Roman army in Egypt during the later Empire, and it is the intent that this thesis will help lay the ground work for more detailed studies to come.

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