January 24 @ 6:00 pm£8.14
A Guilhall Library lecture By Dr Simon Elliott
The might of Rome rested on the back of its legions; the superbly trained and equipped fighting force with which the Imperial Roman army conquered, subdued and ruled an empire for centuries.
The legionary soldier served for 25 years, was rigorously trained, highly equipped, and motivated by pay, bonuses and a strong sense of identity and camaraderie. Principate legionaries wore full body-armour, carried a scutum shield which could be used defensively to form a shield wall or a tortoise, or it could be used offensively to punch at opponents and throw them off-balance in close-quarters fighting, as well as two pila javelins, a gladius sword, and a pugio dagger.
In battle they hurled their javelins and then immediately drew their swords and charged to close combat with the enemy. They were the finest heavy infantrymen of antiquity, and a massed legionary charge was a fearsome sight.
In this talk Simon Elliott launches his most recent book, Roman Legionaries – Soldiers of Empire, which tells the story of every aspect of the lives of these elite warriors of the ancient world.
£8.14 / Includes wine reception.
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The Guildhall Library is a public reference library which specialises in the history of London. The Library’s printed books collection comprises over 200,000 titles dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries and includes books, pamphlets, periodicals, trade directories and poll books. You are welcome to visit Guildhall Library and no appointment or membership is necessary.