Ancient Roman military artifacts

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  1. LaserT

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    A look back at mostly early 1st and 2nd century Roman artifacts that were used and worn by Roman military men cavalry men and legionaires in battle.

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    An Archers' ring from about the early 2nd-3rd century. These rings were worn on the thumb to protect them from the bow string.


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    An iron Roman shield form about the 1st century. Was probably used by a Roman cavalry unit.


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    Roman bronze scale Armor from about the 1st or 2nd century. This armor was very expensive to make and keep, so it was probably used by a Legionaire.


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    1st century lead sling-bolts found on a Celtic-Roman battlefield in Spain.


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    A roman iron cavalry sword found by the Rhine River. From around the 2nd century.


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    A 4th century Roman Legionaire belt and belt buckle.


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    Roman bronze keys from the 2nd to 4th centuries.


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    Roman bronze finger keys. Finger keys were made for convenience and because of lack on pockets on a toga.


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    Roman bronze amulets. Issued to soldiers wounded in combat. It was the "purple heart" of the 1st century.


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    Large Roman dice from the 1st century. Made of bone. Were used by the men for entertainment on military trips.


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    A late 1st century Roman ring, worn by Legionaires in battle.
     
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    Roman bronze flagellum. They were attached to the end of leather straps and used to whip and punish soldiers who went against orders.
     
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    Remember when Richard gave Sal a Roman helmet?

    That was awesome
     
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    love this stuff my people were geniuses!
     
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    Ouch!
     
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    The Roman's took their troop discipline quite seriously. Decimation comes from the Roman practice of killing 1 of every 10 soldiers of an unit that flagrantly disobeyed orders, deserted or mutinied. The kicker? They were put into groups of 10 and drew lots. Whomever picked the marked stone then was beaten/clubbed to death by his 9 fellows. They did this for the entire unit so if ya had 1000 soldiers in the larger unit you were divided into 100 lots of 10 and the decimation played out within all 100 groups of 10.
     
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    Decimation scene in Spartacus! brutal
     
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    AND Jesus.....don't forget Jesus
     
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    That was Crassus right? That dude was a baller. General and considered to perhaps be the richest man in Roman history.
     
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    I bet they had more advanced stuff in sub Saharan Africa.
     
  11. SouthernListen

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    They kind of tailed off by the time Mussolini came along.

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    Fun Fact: The Romans did not have a lot of cavalry, even for an infantry-based army. They tended to use auxiliary cavalry (formed from non-Romans). Germans, in Julius Caesar's time.
     
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    Till the Parthians killed him at Carrhae. The Romans had no response for their horse archers, and they wore them down with arrows. Their tactic of shooting while retreating is the FUN FACT (TM) for this post. The expression "parting shot" comes from the Parthian shot of their horse archers as they feigned retreat.
     
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    The ring was worn on the thumb and used to pull the bowstring, not for protection.

    The Romans didn't use iron shields. That is a small buckler that was centered on the shield for reinforcement.

    Decimation was hardly ever implemented, and was abandoned as a punishment by the later imperial era.

    The Romans did not make much use of cavalry because of their preference for fighting on uneven ground.
     
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    "A thumb ring is a piece of equipment designed to protect the thumb during archery. "

    "Romans would use shields made of iron or bronze"

    The Romans did make use of mounted calvalries for centuries.
     
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    Poured molten gold down his throat after they caught/killed him right? Or is that just an apocryphal story?
     
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    But it certainly was implemented often enough to make it out of the dusty realms of history.
     
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    Still trying to find articles or historical readings on this? Any links?
     
  18. SouthernListen

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    Well, to be fair. The dismounted cavalry was a huge failure.
     
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    Cool stuff!


    What's a sling bolt?
     
  20. SouthernListen

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    That's what they say. I was unable to find the real event on YouTube.