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  1. The Roman Legionary

  2. Professional Soldiers • By 58-51 BC the Roman army was professionalized. • Allegiance to commanders. • Various reasons for joining up. • 20 year active service plus 5 years “veteran” status. • Tough regulations and even tougher punishments.

  3. Structure • Arrive to a contubernium, 8 men barracks. • 10 contuberniums made a century (Centurion commander). • 6 Centuries made a cohort • 10 cohorts a made a legion. • Legions had identities, symbols and rivalries.

  4. Training • Set to an outpost and trained while there. • 3 Goals: • Physical fitness and endurance • Skilled use of weaponry • Discipline maneuvers as a unit

  5. Cont. • 20-30 mile marches • Mock Combat • Patrolling areas with real combat • Building projects • Manufacture equipment • Expected to march around 4 mph. • Some historians equate Roman soldiers to modern combat engineers.

  6. Armaments • Using your handout, label and detail the equipment that the average Roman soldier would have carried. • Once you have done this, illustrate your own Roman soldier on the march.

  7. Metal Jacket -This flexible armour was made up of metal strips held together with metal ties. They were so heavy that soldiers had to help each other to put them on. • Tunic The tunic was worn underneath the armour. This was made of rough wool and reached down to the middle of the thigh. It was not until later that short trousers were worn down below! • Sandals (caligae) These sandals were designed to help the Romans march for long distances. They were strong, well ventilated and allowed the soldiers to march very quickly. The sandals often had metal studs at the bottom to make them last longer. • A Belt (cingulum)The decorated leather strips gave protection during a battle. These belts jangled as the army marched to scare the enemy. The most important soldiers wore the nicest, most expensive belts. • A Sword (Gladius) This short sword was also called a 'Gladius' and it was a terrible stabbing weapon. The soldiers could use them easily in the crush of a battle. • Equipment Each man had a heavy pack with a tool kit, a dish and a pan. The pack held personal items and 3 day's food rations. They may have also carried things like a cloak and a leather bottle for water or wine. • Helmet Centurions and other Officers wore crests on the top of their helmets so that the other men could follow them in battle. The helmets helped to protect the head, face and neck in a battle. • A Javelin These had a sharp point to pierce shields and armour. Groups of soldiers would throw their javelins through the air at the same time in order to break the enemies charge.