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Saturday, 22 February 2014


Roman Centurions commanded units, called centuries, that generally averaged 100 men.

Centurions usually began as regular officers and worked their way up through the ranks. Army service for males usually began around age 17, and roughly half of the enlisters who survived the required 20 years of service were highly rewarded.

If a Roman soldier lost his shield, he ran the risk of being crucified as a punishment-and a deterrent to others.

The extravagant fringe on top of a centurion’s helmet wasn’t just decorative-he used it as a direction-pointer to his men during battle.

The centurion's emblem of office was a vinestaff. 

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