Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus Belies The Sexism Of His Day.

by Daniel Russ on March 11, 2014






Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus wrote about why the Earky Roman Army and even after Marius won so often. He bemoaned their sloth and undisciplined ranks in the time just before Constantine, aaround 390 AD. Vegetius’ advice on hiring for the military belies institutional sexism that has never left us.


“Fishermen, fowlers, confectioners, weavers, and in general all whose professions more properly belong to women should, in my opinion, by no means be admitted into the service. On the contrary, smiths, carpenters, butchers and huntsmen are the most proper to be taken into it.”


And now he explains why the country boys are best to recruit as well.


“The chief strength of our armies, then, should be recruited from the country. For it is certain that the less a man is acquainted with the sweets of life, the less reason he has to be afraid of death.”


Sources: The Military Institutions Of The Romans. Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus.




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