The Ancient Romans were famous for their military skill.
At the time of the Emperor Hadrian, Rome's Empire was at it's most powerful and covered the greatest area.
The Roman army was responsible for protecting this vast territory.
Emperor Hadrian travelled widely throughout the empire, inspecting his troops and ensuring their readiness.
A key factor in the success of the Romans was their standing army.
At the time of Emperor Hadrian there were thirty legions in existence.
A legion had about six thousand men, so there were 180,000 Roman Soldiers serving in the legions at the time of Emperor Hadrian. There would also have been many clerks and other government officials supporting the Roman Army in Rome.
Almost all the 6000 soldiers in a Roman Legion would have been foot soldiers, infantrymen. There would also have been 100-200 cavalry.
A legionary soldier signed on for twenty years service as a soldier and had to be a citizen of Rome.
At the time of the Emperor Hadrian the soldiers had to carry forty kilograms of kit, which included armour and weapons, a basket, axe, pick, cooking pot, saw and knife, two wooden stakes to use for a night camp and enough food and grain to last two weeks.
Roman Soldiers would have been involved in building roads and fortifications as well as fighting for Rome.
When a Roman Soldiers service was at an end they often settled in the lands they had conquered - this further strengthened the Roman Empire by having loyal citizens resident in the new colonies.
Scroll down the page to see a picture of a model of Roman Soldiers working on Hadrian's Wall.
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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.
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