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Before I go off on one of my (only very occasional!) rants, I would like to ask everybody the following question:

What is the evidence for the Late Roman Auxilia (say, from the time of Constantine I onwards) being almost entirely German?

I have my own viewpoints and evidence, but would prefer others to have their say first so that I can agree with/disagree with their comments without having to post an entire dissertation to support my views first.

I hope nobody minds, but I have extremely limited time available to go online and can reply to points quicker and - hopefully - in a clearer manner this way!

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Ian (Sonic) Hughes
That would be your "Emperor's Little Helpers" dissertation would it?
Quote:That would be your "Emperor's Little Helpers" dissertation would it?

Yep! :lol:

Trouble is, it's been so long since I wrote it, it's probably way out of date now and I didn't want to go off on one without knowing what the latest developments are!

Having said that, it doesn't look like there have been any developments!! :lol: :lol:

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Ian (Sonic) Hughes
Can't recall when you did your dissertation but did you see this article?

Raising New Units for the Late Roman Army: "Auxilia Palatina"
Michael P. Speidel
Dumbarton Oaks Papers, Vol. 50. (1996), pp. 163-170.

As its a few years sisnce I read your work I can't recall if there is anything in the above which contrdicts or adds to your ideas.
Quote:Can't recall when you did your dissertation but did you see this article?

Raising New Units for the Late Roman Army: "Auxilia Palatina"
Michael P. Speidel
Dumbarton Oaks Papers, Vol. 50. (1996), pp. 163-170.

As its a few years sisnce I read your work I can't recall if there is anything in the above which contrdicts or adds to your ideas.

Cheers Nik,

I'll have a look and check to see what it says.

PS in response to your signature: Living in Yorkshire but actually a Lancastrian!


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Ian (Sonic) Hughes