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Unformatted text preview: The Roman Army The Romans invaded so many places because they had such a good army. The army was used to protect Rome and to keep control over the people who they had conquered. Soldiers were in the army for many many years and spent a long time away from their families. When an auxiliary soldier who was a recruit from conquered lands had been in the army for 25 years he could become a Roman citizen. The army was organised into groups of troops. • A legion would have 800 legionnaires, who would be already Roman citizens. • Each legion would be split up into groups called centuries. In each century were 80 soldiers. The leader of the century was called a centurion. • These centuries would also be split into smaller groups and they had different jobs to perform. This made the Romans battle tactics more organised. Roman soldiers were very strong and tough, they had to march over 20 miles a day with heavy things to carry. They had to carry their food, cooking pots, tents and weapons as well as wearing all their armour. The Roman soldier was very well trained. When their enemies fired their arrows The Roman soldier was very well trained....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course HIST 201 taught by Professor Sabey during the Winter '08 term at BYU.
- Winter '08