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Investment in equipment

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Roman legionary
Roman legionary

During the principate period, at least until the late 2nd century CE, new legionaries generally “bought” equipment from the army – they were given things from the legionary resource, and their cost was deducted from soldiers’ payments.

Sometimes legionnaires simply repurchased armaments from retiring soldiers or received the equipment as a gift.

With the passage of time of service and increasing financial possibilities, legionnaires more and more often retrofitted or replaced their equipment with better ones, already on their own.

  • Rodgers Nigel, Rzymska armia. Legiony, wojny, kampanie, Warszawa 2009

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