chapter  2
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When talking of 'the praetorians', 'the legionaries' or 'the auxiliaries', this at best conjures up a picture of men capable of advancing in one line, at worst some sort of indescribable rabble. In fact almost every soldier occupied a specific position, fulfilled a well-defined function and could seldom be replaced by another: the range of activities possible ranged from artillery to cavalry, the signals corps to health services, exercise to music, and included a thousand other specialists. Despite existing already in the Republican era, this diversity seems to have reached its apogee only at the end of the second century AD.