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My question is: What were the strength of the Roman Army after 200AD during the height of the empire? <p></p><i></i>

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Salve,<br>
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The strength around 200 CE, the reign of Septimius Severus, was 33 legiones of some 5000-6000 men establishment stregth, combined auxiliary forces roughly equal in strength, an imperial guard of some 15000 praetorians, some 2000 imperial horse guard troopers. Naval strength is unknown, but may have added some 40.000 men. Total establishment strength was thus probably 400.000 to 450.000 men, the actual strength below that, though it is uncertain how much lower.<br>
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Here are some references:<br>
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MacMullen, R., 'How big was the Roman Army?' in: Klio 62 (1980), 451- 460.<br>
MacMullen, R., 'The Roman emperor's army costs' in: Latomus 43 (1984), 571-580.<br>
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Regards,<br>
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Sander van Dorst <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=http://pub45.ezboard.com/bromanarmytalk.showLocalUserPublicProfile?login=sandervandorst>Sander van Dorst</A> at: 1/26/01 3:35:26 pm<br></i>
This comes from Greece an Rome at War, p. 255<br>
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'we have a sixth century figure for the army of Diocletians reign of 389, 704. the fourth century Maximium is likely to have been in the region of another sixth century estimate of 645, 000'<br>
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