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The Roman army was very victorious in its time 300-100 BC because of its soldiers The Roman army was very strict and was highly trained in warfare discipline and engineering The Roman army calls their soldier legionaries The soldiers were separated into four different types classes The triarii were the more experienced soldiers They were rarely used in battle except when really needed They wore full armour and carried a shield and a long spear The principes were well armoured and carried a heavy javelin a light javelin and a shield The hastati wore the same armour and carried a light and heavy javelin They carried a shield just as well The velites were armed with a small shield and a few light javelins Every soldier in the Roman army carried a sword and a dagger The Roman army put their soldiers through basic training They did running excersizes obstacle courses while wearing all their armour and weapons and marched eighteen miles three times a month On these marches the soldiers had to carry all their equipment They drilled in flanking and column movements used in battles and ceremonies The Roman army was very strict about being perfect in drilling But most important they trained in the usage of their weapons The Roman army also believed in punishment If a guard was found asleep at or left his post then he would be stoned or beaten for putting fellow soldiers at risk The outcome of that was usually death Even entire legions can be punished If a legion is defeated it is usually banished from RomeA legion contains about 4200 to 5000 men It is divided into ten sections Each section is called a cohort One cohort is bigger than the rest because it contains the cooks messengers and clerks for the legion A cohort is made up of six parts each called a century And a century is comprised of ten contuberniums which each
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