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A Roman Soldier was known as a legionary.

There were also other Roman Soldiers called auxiliaries who included the Roman Cavalry.

Roman Soldiers came from all over the Roman Empire. Their job was to defend Rome and fight to conquer new lands to add to the Roman Empire.

Roman Soldiers, once they joined the Roman Army had to serve for twenty-five years.

Roman Soldiers served in a unit known as a century. If a Roman Soldier was promoted to be the leader of a century of soldiers he was known as a Centurion.

A century of Roman Soldiers consisted of approxiamately 80 men - so to be a Centurion and lead this many men was an important job in the Roman Army.

Roman Soldiers were only promoted to be Centurions if they were clever, brave, good fighters and obeyed orders.

There were 59 centuries of Roman Soldiers in a legion. In total the Roman Army consisted of about 30 legions.

A Roman soldier's three main weapons were a short sword for stabbing, called a Gladius, a long iron, throwing spear called a Pilum, and a large rectangular shield. The shield was used for defence, to protect the Roman Soldiers body but also could be a very effective weapon, when needed.

Roman Soldiers had to carry their own weapons, food and camping and sleeping equipment. They often had to march up to twenty miles a day carrying all this so it was important that they were strong and fit.

Roman Soldiers trained together and were prepared for battle. They learned strategies and tactics to enable them to fight together as a single unit.

The Roman Soldier's Work page has more information on the kind of work a Roman Soldier might have done.

The Roman Soldier's Clothes page has more information on the kind of clothes a Roman Soldier might have worn.

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The Emperor Hadrian ruled for 21 years from A.D. 117 until A.D. 138, when the Empire of Ancient Rome was at its height.

The Emperor Hadrian consolidated and strengthened The Roman Empire. He was The Roman Emperor responsible for the building of Hadrian's Wall in England.

Hadrian was one of the most remarkable and talented of all the Emperors of Rome.... more about Emperor Hadrian
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Drawing of a legionary soldier from the early imperial period, with javelin, sword belt on the right, and lorica segmentata modern.

Drawing of a legionary soldier from the early imperial period, with javelin, sword belt on the right, and lorica segmentata modern.
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