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Third, it is possible to posit a Romanization of the Barbarians. Service in Roman Legions as  soldiers and officers not only accustomed them to Roman forms, but to a degree instilled in them  a Roman identity, or a sense that the Roman way should be the aspired-to goal. Whether in  Roman office (usurped or not) or as landowners manipulating  foederati  agreements, Germans in  Roman lands assimilated into the system as much as they could.  What prevented a more thoroughgoing melding of cultures within the umbrella of the Roman  imperial edifice? Some of the factors were A) opposition on the part of large segments of Roman  traditionalists, both urban and rural; B) the already compromised state of the Roman polity,  military, and economy from the 370s; C) constant political and military bickering between  emperors, claimants, and the senate, which made policy continuity impossible; D) the sheer  difficulties of assimilating such comparatively large numbers of Barbarians, who were not  predisposed to immediately grasp or cultivate Roman society; E) Barbarian religious differences; 
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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