Art and the Roman Army
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Roman soldiers and the Roman army appear fairly frequently in these pages. The legions stationed in Britain, comprised a fully romanized nucleus of people whose manner of life was to a large degree Mediterranean. The objects used by members of the army in the course of duty or at their leisure, in the baths or when dining, were often decorated in a Roman manner. As comparison of the small finds from a fortress, such as Caerleon, with those from an Italian city (for example Pompeii) reveals, cultural rubbish is similar, though the world of women, the mundus muliebris, is less in evidence in the military camp and decorated arms and armour more so.1 Alongside imports from elsewhere, such as bronze drinking vessels and signet rings, there are works commissioned by the legion or members of it, notably sculpture, which was employed for both official and unofficial purposes and executed either by members of the regiment or by civilians living in close proximity.