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Gn. Pompejusz Wielki a żołnierze. Formy utrzymywania dyscypliny i budowania esprit de corps
Pompey the Great and soldiers: forms and maintaining discipline and building the esprit de corps

Author(s): Michał Norbert Faszcza
Subject(s): History
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The author attempts to show the factors that could have had an impact on the military successes of Pompey. According to the author, the most important among them was the internal cohesion of his troops, and therefore, he draws attention to the forms of building the soldiers’ loyalty. It translated, in turn, into higher level of esprit de corps and increased discipline. Both the training and strict drill were's, however, not crucial, but rather dependent on the emotional connection with the leader and shared interests.From among the factors listed by the author the most important were: victories, material benefits, personal character of the oath, and various forms of fraternization. The others were: a place of enlisting new troops, clientele, triumphs, and speeches addressed to the soldiers. Unfortunately, due to the number and nature of the preserved literary sources, it is not possible to reconstruct either the evolution of Pompey’s behaviour nor his views on the above-mentioned issues.

  • Page Range: 35-52
  • Page Count: 18
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish