Join Roman Army?




 
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November 9th, 2005  
Fox
 
 

Topic: Join Roman Army?


If I was in Rome during JULIUS CAESAR's rule. I like to join army for Rome but how to join them?
November 9th, 2005  
KC72
 
 
not sure how you joined but if you served for so many years (20) after that time you and your family would be granted roman citizenship thats how they got a lot of forigners in the legions.
November 9th, 2005  
LeEnfield
 
 
Much the same as any army, walk up to barracks and apply
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November 10th, 2005  
MightyMacbeth
 
 
yeah....pretty much like today too. Romans weree quite advanced
November 10th, 2005  
Italian Guy
 
 
There basically were three types of recruitment back then:

1) volunteering, like it is in the Western world today
2) hereditary recruitment
3) fiscal recruitment

Of course it was always possible to call the draft in particularly needy times.

Voluntary recruitment was always possible. Both Roman citizens and Barbarians could enlist, they just had to be free men.
Categories of people who COULD NOT enlist were: Criminals, Cooks, Bakers, Bartenders and other jobs that were considered humiliating (according to the Codex Theodosianus VII.13.8 (380).
There was a form of hereditary recruitment, according to which the soldiers' sons had to enlist as well. This came into effect with a law passed by Constantine in 326 a.D. (Codex Theodosianus VII.22.8)) A lot of soldiers' son would maim themselves in order to dodge service.
Since the two above mentioned types were not sufficient, in the year 352 a.D. a new type was introducted: Fiscal recruitment. In short, if a wealthy land-owner or a rich man could not afford to pay all of his taxes to the government, he could then pick some of his peasants and pay "in recruits". Of course they always picked the weakest guys so this system never proved too effective for the quality of the army.

Another important way of recruitment was the recruitment of the Foederates. What were they? Mercenaries. They would still fight under their Barbarian chiefs but were in fact mercenaries who fought for Rome.

Hope it was useful, Fox.
November 10th, 2005  
MightyMacbeth
 
 
It was usefull to any who has an interest in Rome!

But i was thinking..during the times before 300 ad, when it was like 200 BC and during the time of Gaius Julius and Pompey...was the recruitment the same as u have mentioned? and are there any more efficent way of recruiting? like the recruitment of the Foederates was not efficient, u know what I mean?

merci amigo 8)
November 11th, 2005  
Fox
 
 
Thanks, people, for telling me this!
February 8th, 2006  
Sgt Smithies
 
 

Topic: Recruitment


Recruitment for any Legionary formation at any time during the empires existence was en masse. Men of applicable age presented themselves at the alotted time in the alotted place (usually amphitheatres or permanent garrisson structure) and were then and there sworn into the service of the empire. Because of the rigid nature of service periods a Legion would be refounded every 16 (later 20) years and the the peoples of the areas responsible for providing the recruits would have plenty of advance warning about when and where the recruiting would take place.A legion would serve for its alotted time period (barring disbandment, destruction or other wise) and the veterans would then be repatriated to their homelands or settled in areas newly conquered (to boost the indegenous populace with Roman citizens who were armed and fully capable of defending themselves). As was often the case, ex-soldiers would frequently reenlist in their legion and would often go on to serve for their entire lives, there is a record of one Centurion of the 3rd Augusta dying in harness ('In harness' meaning under arms, derived from the leather weapon harness used to carry the Gladius and other weapons.) at the age of 66

Legions also had distinct recruiting grounds, Gaius Julius Caeser's famous Legio X recruited from the Roman province of Pater Espana (Father Spain) up until the 2nd century AD when they switched to Syria (A matter of expediency, the Legion had been stationed there for decades).
February 9th, 2006  
mmarsh
 
 
Its important to note what time period we are taking about. The poster said the era of Julius Ceasar that was before the reforms of Marius Drelius (Spell) which meant that to serve in the Roman army you had to be a land owner and have a hertitary title.
April 1st, 2006  
Peterminator
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mmarsh
Its important to note what time period we are taking about. The poster said the era of Julius Ceasar that was before the reforms of Marius Drelius (Spell) which meant that to serve in the Roman army you had to be a land owner and have a hertitary title.
Dont you mean Gaius Marius. He made reforms to the Roman army