Legionary: The Roman Soldier's (Unofficial) Manual

By Philip Matyszak

An insider's advisor: the right way to sign up for the Roman legions, wield a gladius, typhoon towns, and overcome the world

Your emperor wishes you for the Roman military! The 12 months is advert a hundred and Rome stands ultimate and unconquerable from the wilderness sands of Mesopotamia to the misty highlands of Caledonia. but the may possibly of Rome rests thoroughly at the armored shoulders of the legionaries who carry again the barbarian hordes and push ahead the frontiers of empire.

This rigorously researched but entertainingly nonacademic booklet tells you the way to affix the Roman legions, the easiest locations to serve, and the way to maintain your armor from getting rusty. discover ways to march less than the eagles of Rome, from education, campaigns, and conflict to the distinction of a Roman Triumph and retirement with a 401-k. each point of military lifestyles is mentioned, from drill to vitamin, with convenient tips about themes akin to tips to choose the simplest boots or tips to steer clear of being skewered via enemy spears. Combining the most recent archaeological discoveries with the written files of these who really observed the Roman legions in motion, this publication presents a bright photo of what it intended to be a Roman legionary. ninety two illustrations, 31 in colour

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Those will be but extra swordplay opposed to that previous buddy the wood submit, operating in circles at double time, leaping ditches in complete armour, or just common workouts comparable to seeing how quick a soldier can get from tunic to complete battle-gear within the occasion of a unexpected alarm. • • • Even in peacetime squaddies are off on manoeuvres, throwing up fortifications opposed to non-existent enemies, laborious themselves in unnecessary labour, in order that while required they're healthy and prepared for no matter what comes. SENECA LETTERS 18. 6 • • • Dinner whereas many of the troops are on their tasks, others are assisting to arrange the past due afternoon meal that is the legionary’s major sustenance of the day. In a few components, one of many higher and most enjoyable fatigue routines of the day is to be assigned to a searching social gathering to carry clean online game – venison or boar – to the mess tables of one’s fellow infantrymen. frequently legionaries in base are one of the better-fed voters of the empire, and reckoning on the nationality of nearly all of his legionaries, the commander will take care to provide the lads with goods equivalent to wine and the piquant (or reeking, reckoning on style) garum fish sauce – loved of Italians, yet desiring long-distance shipping. Meat, cheese, bread and beer are all staples of the legionary nutrition. beef is the most typical kind of meat, even though what you get is determined by what's to be had in the neighborhood. • • • Please, my lord, supply directions on what you will want us to do day after today. Are all of us to come with the traditional, or simply 1/2 us? My fellow squaddies haven't any beer. Please order a few to be despatched. LETTER FROM THE CAVALRY DECURION MASCULUS AT VINDOLANDA • • • until eventually bed-time in the event you have refrained from being at the evening watch, the night is, in particular, for purchasing package prepared for yet one more of the interminable inspections with which the officials like to plague the decrease ranks. considering goods reminiscent of mess equipment are required to be in immaculate order, it's not a nasty suggestion to have an ‘inspection’ mess equipment, and one other from that you truly devour. The night is additionally an opportunity to meet up with any mail or parcels from domestic. however get lost to the baths, or – if the experts allow – take your excitement open air the camp. • • • i've got despatched you … pairs of socks from Sattua, pairs of sandals and pairs of underpants … Greet … Elpis … Tetricus and your entire messmates with whom I pray that you just dwell within the maximum luck. LETTER TO AN nameless SOLDIER TAB. VINDOL. II. 346 • • • relaxation as a rule an off-duty legionary are available lounging round within the bath-house, which isn't easily a spot for buying fresh, but in addition someplace to get the kinks of the day’s labor massaged from one’s muscle groups, have a online game of cube and a gossip with neighbors, and revel in a drink at charges that you could count on to be significantly more affordable than these within the taverns outdoors. those taverns are within the village (canabae) which at all times springs as much as meet the necessities of any military base, together with the it sounds as if insatiable want of squaddies to be scammed in their cash in as insalubrious a place as attainable.

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