The Roman Army or a Soldier’s Life in The Roman Army. This is how the Roman Army would stand when they had to fight in a battle. Facts on Roman’s Army. For many poor Romans, a career in the army was inviting. During the Republic, the army was called up during times of trouble.
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The Roman Army or a Soldier’s Life in The Roman Army • This is how the Roman Army would stand when they had to fight in a battle.
Facts on Roman’s Army • For many poor Romans, a career in the army was inviting. • During the Republic, the army was called up during times of trouble. • The army was spilt into large groups known as legions.
The life of a Roman soldier was very difficult. The men were disciplined by flogging. The general could even have a soldier beheaded for not following orders. Deserters got their right hands cut off.
Soldiers had to carry a huge amount of gear. Marching with so much to carry was hard on the men. After a long day's march the men would have to make camp. This consisted of digging a ditch around the outside of the camp.
What the solder wore • The Roman soldier dressed in a helmet, mail breastplate, leg and arm guards, belt, tunic, and boots. • The Roman helmet was made of iron, bronze, or brass. The mail breastplate of the Roman soldier was made from iron. The shoulders were reinforced. Rings ran horizontally around the body. These rings were wired together then sewed to a fabric or leather backing.
Solder Weapons • The Roman soldier carried shields, swords, daggers, spears, and javelins. The Roman shield was made from double or triple plywood and edged with copper. Shields were carried in the soldiers left hands.
Training • The first thing the soldiers were taught to do, was to march. The historian Vegetius tells us that it was seen as of greatest importance to the Roman army that its soldiers could march at speed.Any army which would be split up by stragglers at the back or soldiers trundling along at differing speeds would be vulnerable to attack.
More facts on Roman Army • The Roman army was very powerful and so it helped a lot in conquering the lands and provinces. The Army had different ranking soldiers commanded by the Emperor. There wer 5 thousand solders in a legion.