March 24 - March 24, 2008 The Roman Experience...

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Unformatted text preview: March 24, 2008 The Roman Experience Eques/Equestrians-can afford to equip a horse for battle, a high class in the census. Later, if one had the wealth status to become a senator, but is not one, called an equestrian. Could have both in the same family. Roman term for empire is imperium, which means rule or command. Mostly refers to military command. Socius-Latin word for alliances with other places Rome has conquered, who are then required to assist with military battles. Foedus- protected the conquered against attackers as well. Romans themselves did most of their fighting, allies just helped out. Someone who had done well in batter was called an Imperator; only for battle, not an official rank. Roman emperors got their title from this word, but didnt mean anything in the Roman republic. Allies who could speak Latin fought alongside the Romans, in the same manner, same dress etc. Those who could not were called upon to serve in auxillium, as a support troop, i.e. cavalry and light-armed soldiers. support troop, i....
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