ВОЙСКОВОЕ ПОДРАЗДЕЛЕНИЕ CELTAE («КЕЛЬТЫ») И НЕКОТОРЫЕ ОСОБЕННОСТИ ПОЗДНЕРИМСКОЙ ВОЕННОЙ ТЕРМИНОЛОГИИ В IV ВЕКЕ

Translated title of the contribution: A military unit of the Celtae (the celts) and some peculiarities of Late Roman military titles in the 4 th c. AD

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Introduction. The Late Roman administration used to practice many ways of interrelations with the Barbarian tribes, but modern scholarship tended and tends topaymain attention toexternal perspectives of interrelations,i.e. issues of barbaric invasions and methods of their accomodation within the Roman territory. In contrast, modern scholarship pays little attention to internal perspectives of interrelations, and partly, to one of the point of internal interrelations, which is strictlyunder consideration in this paper. This point is a meaning of official titles, which Roman administration gave to military detachments composed of the German warriors. Basing on evidence about an elite military unit of the Celtae and the name Celtae itself, the author aims to regard peculiarities of Late Roman military nomenclature and to trace how this nomenclature reflected an official political ideology of imperial supremacy, a system of Romans’ views and opinions about the Barbarians. Methods. The author studies these matters by comparing the evidence of Ammianus Marcellinus, Greek dedicatory inscription from the city of Stobi (the province of Macedonia) and some panegyrics (the so-called Latin panegyrics, a speech of Julian the Apostate in honor of the Emperor Constantius II and the“Thanksgiving oration” ofa prominent Gallic rhetorician Ausonius for the Emperor Gratianus). The author traces how all these texts are treated and meant a word Celtae /Κελτοr. Analysis. The author proposes and proves an idea that a military unit of the Celtae was composed of thecaptiveAlamanni presumably between the reign of the Emperor Diocletian (284-305) and 351/352. Results. Having based on the evidence enumerated above, the author concluded that the the unit of the captiveAlamanni received an official title of Celtae because the Romans used toname the German captives as more ancient people, over which the Roman won decisive and brilliant victories in previous times. This naming practice was one of the persistent peculiarities of the Late Roman military nomenclature and records management working.
Translated title of the contributionA military unit of the Celtae (the celts) and some peculiarities of Late Roman military titles in the 4 th c. AD
Original languageRussian
Pages (from-to)165-173
Number of pages9
JournalВЕСТНИК ВОЛГОГРАДСКОГО ГОСУДАРСТВЕННОГО УНИВЕРСИТЕТА. СЕРИЯ 4: ИСТОРИЯ. РЕГИОНОВЕДЕНИЕ. МЕЖДУНАРОДНЫЕ ОТНОШЕНИЯ
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Cultural Studies

Keywords

  • Palace auxiliary detachment
  • The Celtae
  • The Alamanni
  • Germans
  • PANEGYRICS
  • Theodosius the Elder
  • The Rhine frontier

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