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The Military and the World of Thought

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This chapter investigates the world of thought of those who fought by focusing on more general perceptions and conceptions related to the world of war, as they can be extracted from both the written and material remains. It includes male identities related to their participation in military violence, the significance attributed to and the repercussions that emanated from this function, the assessment connected to this activity, the roles attributed to and expected from the different groups of secular males, and the role of the Church in the context of their lives and occupations. The chapter demonstrates that the post-Roman terminology allows distinguishing between two different groups that together composed the fighting part of post-Roman society. It shows that although the spiritual and the secular, and the world of war in particular, represented two opposing features of late Roman and particularly post-Roman society, both were also interconnected.

Keywords: Church; military; post-Roman terminology; war



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