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The Life and Times of the Typical Roman Legionaire The life of a typical Roman Legionaire was a hard one The combination of brutal training discipline and organization and long forced marches with many pounds of equipment all contributed to this but because of these the Roman Legions were a force to be reckoned with in the ancient world The purpose of this website is to demonstrate that though the life of a Legionaire was a tough one it is because of this that the Roman Empire was so succesful This website will describe the hardships of training discipline and organization and the marches that contributed to the hard life of a legionaire The brutal training of the Roman Legionaire was tough but very neccesary in order to make the lethal war machine of the Empire function properly First of all to even become eligible for the army you had to be a 58 Roman citizen you could be another nationality but you would be classified as an auxilliary and you had to be in good health You would then be rigorously trained by the Centurions whom you would fear worse than the enemy for they would be swift and brutal with punishments Forced marches while in precise formation and carrying all your equipment and armour would all be part of a normal day You would be expected to be able to swim with and without your armour on and be able to march for 20 miles with 60-80 lbs of equipment without breaking formation The soldiers were trained relentlessly in fighting in formation with different types of weapons and also single combat The standard drill involved using a sword against a post embedded in the ground or against a real opponent over and over again so a soldier could learn where to hit and to hit that point accurately The Armatura or Gladiatorial drill was also used to allow to equally or
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