Ancient Rome

Pollice Verso

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The gesture which has come to be known as ''Pollice Verso'' is linked to Ancient Rome – if more by modern popular convention, than probable historical fact. The han …

Auxilia

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These soldier were non-Roman citizen military arm of The Roman Army through most of The Imperial and Principate Periods (30 B.C-284 A.D.). They fought alongside the tradi …

Balteus & Pteruges

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The Roman Balteus were a form of Baldric (or belt), designed to support more than just the normal weight of accoutrements when used. For the Roman soldier, it was a prima …

Lorca Musculata

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Although originating in ancient Greece, the use of shaped armor breastplates by Roman soldiers is often debated. Made of bronze or iron, they were highly finished (polish …

Civic Crown

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This Roman military award was considered the second highest military award a common soldier could earn. Made from oak leaves woven into a wreath. It was given to a soldie …

Naval Crown

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This Award was reserved for Roman Naval "soldiers" and Commanders. It's surmounting spikes were shaped into ship prows. It was award to the first soldier who boarded an e …

Battlement Crown

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Although having a different meaning in the period following Rome's decline (and The Middle Ages). During Imperial Rome's heyday, the Mural Crown (sometime known as The Ba …

Grass Crown

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The Roman military award of The Grass Crown, was one of the rarest and most distinguished award in the Roman Army. Only a General or Commander could earn this award. The …

Ballista

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The Roman Ballista was another Roman "artillery" weapon, capable of firing projectiles at great distances at a selected target. Developed from earlier Greek weapons, the …

Scorpion

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The Scorpion (or Scorpio) was a Roman "artillery" weapon, used with some frequency in The Roman Army. Very much feared by Rome's enemies (The "Scorpion's Sting"), this we …