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Molly108
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Have any records been preserved that give us a clue about how the ethnic composition of the roman legions evolved over time? How would the legions in the different parts of the empire have looked like?

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You could generally expect legions based in certain parts of the Empire to have been made up mostly by conscripts from that part of the Empire with a very small minority of legionaries from farther flung parts of the Empire.

However, the composition changed overtime. The original, professional roman army was made up of the men/citizens of Italy (the legions were originally just citizens of the empire). The auxiliary units were made up of non-citizens that spanned across the Empire. When virtually all men of the Empire were granted citizenship however, this difference faded.
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(Original post by Molly108)
Have any records been preserved that give us a clue about how the ethnic composition of the roman legions evolved over time? How would the legions in the different parts of the empire have looked like?

Do we know anything about it?

(Please state if you know any good materials on this subject)
Presumably you want different answers to those given when this question was asked verbatim a couple of years ago:

http://historum.com/ancient-history/...n-legions.html

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