The military step: theorizing the mobilization of the Roman army

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This article considers the dynamic relationship between the soldier, the army, and the warzone, using contemporary philosophy and military theory to frame a reading of Roman sources. I will discuss how Roman literature reveals geographic space to be transformed by military activity, and likewise how this space and the soldier’s functioning in it synchronously makes the soldier’s body military, specifically
Roman military. The aim is to utilize examples from ancient warfare to reflect on issues of de- and reterritorialization, in modern critical military studies. I will explore how the soldierly body both constructs and is constructed by the space in which it moves.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
JournalCritical Military Studies
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2018


  • Roman history
  • military studies
  • Latin literature
  • territorialization


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