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  • Roman scutum battle protection

    Posted on November 8th, 2010 admin No comments

    In the midst of ancient Rome, war was common, fighting to strengthen their empire, Romans needed to be prepared for anything during battle this called for strong armor which included the shield or “Scutum” (Latin word for shield). Roman soldiers often carried bore shields known as “aspidai” which was originally designed by the Greeks. The Roman scutum was known for its rectangular semi-cylindrical body, and was carried by the Roman Legion. By the end of the 3rd century AD the scutum rectangular shield seemed to have vanished and fourth century finds indicate that the Romans used oval or round shields that were either bowl shaped or flat. Indications of this were also found in 3rd century Roman artwork. During the 3rd century Romans relied on this scutum or shield because it was their only source of defense because armor was limited back then, so the Romans became very skilled with their shields, concentrating on mainly defense.

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