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Stratum plus. 2012. №4

A. K. Nefedkin (St. Petersburg, Russia)

The Dromedarii in the Roman Army




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Pages: 301-309


The appearance of the camel cavalry in the Roman army was caused by the nature of the Near East as well as by the enemy camel-riders. At least one ala of the dromedarii was recruitted from Oriental people for the conquest of Nabataean Kingdom in 106 AD. In Diocletian’s epoch, to oppose the nomads’ raids some camel regiment, a few more alae were established in South Egypt and Palestine. The dromedarii of the alae had to dismount for fighting. The dromedarii, as well we the limitanei disappeared after Arabic conquest of the Near East.


Keywords: Rome, warfare, dromedarii, camels


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Alexander Nefedkin (St. Petersburg, Russia). Doctor of Historical Sciences. Military History Journal “Para bellum”.
E-mail: nefiodkin@mail.ru

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