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Roman Empire Legionary
Roman Legionary

Ancient Rome's, Roman Empire Army and Roman Legionaries

The legionaries were Roman citizens, usually volunteers, who joined the army around the age of twenty in exchange for modest pay and a certain future. They enlisted for a period of 25 years, the last five as reserves. At the end of this long period of service they usually received a plot of land. Subject to tough training and instructed in strict discipline, they were the backbone of Roman military might.

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The training regimen of a Roman legionary was rigorous, demanding both physical and mental prowess. Drill exercises, weapon proficiency, and strategic formations were key components. Their legendary discipline, instilled through harsh training, set them apart on the battlefield.

The Roman legionaries played a pivotal role in the expansion of the Roman Empire. From the conquest of Gaul under Julius Caesar to the disciplined legions of the late Roman Empire, these soldiers faced challenges that shaped the course of Western civilization.

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At the heart of a legionary's arsenal was the iconic short sword, the gladius, and the rectangular shield, the scutum. These weapons, coupled with their standardized armor, gave the Roman legionary a distinct advantage in close-quarter combat.

The Equipment

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The infantry legionary's combat equipment, armor, weapons, and shield could weigh more than 45 lb/20 kg. A legionary also carried a backpack, called a sarcina, which contained his personal belongings, cooking utensils, supplies, and various tools such as a pick, a hatchet, a shovel, or a pickax for building camps or fortifications. They could march from 5 to 20 miles/8 to 32 km with a total load of about 77 lb/35 kg.


This is a model from the imperial era. They wore protection for the cheeks (jawbone) and neck, and a shoulder pad at the front to protect against a vertical impact from a sword.


The shield was made of wooden planks. It had a rectangular curved shape, ideal for creating the formation known as the "tortoise".

The Roman legionary stands as a testament to the prowess and organization of ancient Rome. Their impact on history reverberates through the centuries, making them an enduring symbol of military might and strategic brilliance. As we delve into the annals of ancient warfare, the story of the Roman legionary continues to captivate and inspire generations.