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Curiosities of ancient Rome (Army)

The world of ancient Romans abounded in a number of amazing curiosities and information. The source of knowledge about the life of the Romans are mainly works left to us by ancient writers or discoveries. The Romans left behind a lot of strange information and facts that are sometimes hard to believe.

“Parthian shot”

Sometimes an important event from the history of ancient Rome caused that the English language appeared with a reference to this event.

Parthian archer

Did Roman legionaries wear red tunics?

In films, historical reconstructions and illustrations, Roman legionaries are dressed in red tunics. But in reality, did the ancient Romans in the army have a unified dress, which was mainly made up of red?

Did Roman legionnaires wear red clothes?

Hippika gymnasia

Hippika gymnasia was a Roman sport competition for the formation of a riders, which consisted of a simulated fight of two groups of soldiers, playing the roles of Greeks and Amazons, who fought with javelins with a wooden arrowhead.

Hippika gymnasia

State of legionary’s armament

In the Roman army, attention was paid to the state of armament and its quality. As claimed by Vegetius (IV / V century CE) in “De Re Militari” (II, 378): “Can that man be reckoned a good soldier who through negligence suffers his arms to deteriorate by dirt and rust?”.

Cleaning armor by a Roman legionnaire

Siege bridge

Sambuca was a war invention used for the first time by the Romans, commanded by Marcus Claudius Marcellus, during the siege of Syracuse in 213 BCE. The inventor of the siege bridge was a certain Heracleides of Tarentum.

Sambuca - siege pier

War chariots

War chariots were found in Europe and the Middle East. The Romans described chariot as currus falcatus. The war chariot was equipped with scythes called falces, placed on both sides of the wheel axle and at the drawbar. It should be noted that the Roman army basically did not use chariots for military purposes, at most as a parade or means of transport for couriers.

Roman chariot

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