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Many know that the Roman Empire was by far the strongest of its time but many dont know why they were able to accomplish such feats such as conquering almost the entire western world It is a surprise to many that their success was not due to their large army but rather how they how they motivated their men The Roman Armys success was almost entirely due to their soldiers fear of the harsh discipline implemented by the Roman Army For example laziness was punished by decimation of a unit or killing every 10th soldier in the unit falling asleep on duty was punished by making the soldier sleep outside the camp men in Roman-conquered lands who attempted to get out of serving in the Roman Army were punished by decapitation and running away with your unit was punishable by death by stoning The fear of the Roman Armys harsh regulations prevented the Roman Army soldiers from running away during battle and encouraged soldiers to fight courageously Soldiers who fell out of place in battle or were found being lazy were executed and their units decimated Deary 20 This rule was important for the Roman Army as it drove fear into every soldiers heart about the consequences of being lazy and falling out of place during battle It therefore increased productivity levels and confidence in battle During battle it made sure that everyone kept up with the army and was not lagging in any way In this way it also increased confidence among soldiers as it made it so people couldnt fall back and let others go forward Also by killing every tenth soldier decimation it showed the reality to all of the soldiers of how serious the crimes and punishments were and reinforced the fear of the Roman Army which reassured that no one else would commit the same crime People hear about many punishments but unless effected many
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