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... greatest part of their forces from the guard of the general frontier; and the
principal cities which formed the boundary of their respective dominions were
filled with soldiers, who confidered their countrymen as their most implacable
... on the frontiers of the empire, amounted to five hundred and eighty-three; and
that, under the successors of Constantine, the complete force of the military
establishment was computed at fix hundred and forty-five thousand soldiers”. An
The Barbarian soldiers, who displayed any military talents, were advanced,
without exception, to the most important commands; and the names of the
tribunes; of the counts and dukes, and of the generals themselves, betray a
foreign origin, ...
... displayed a martial pomp, not unworthy of the Roman majesty". From the seven
schools two companies of horse and foot were selected, of the protectors, whose
advantageous station was the hope and reward of the most deserving soldiers.
This treasure was immediately melted down by the prudent dictator, who was
satisfied that it would be more serviceable to his soldiers than to the gods: his
example was imitated by his successors; and the custom was introduced, ...
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