This page has pictures of battle dress and armour of the Roman soldier.
normal formal robe for a noble Roman citizen was a toga worn over a simple
tunica. As time passed the Roman toga lost the bulk of its fabric and
became much smaller. You can see patterns for
Roman toga and its width on
the British Roman page.
This line drawing right shows typically decorated Roman shields, Roman
helmets, swords and the Roman cuirass armour. The book Hope's Costume
of The Ancients is full of imagery of the ancient Romans and Greeks.
A Roman soldier was usually part of a Roman Century which was a team of 100
men often formed from one locality. Centuries could be put together
quickly and were often used for short periods of time and called on the
services of fit farmers who would leave their farm in the care of family and
Each Roman Century was grouped into a legion and typically a legion
consisted of 3,000 or 4,000 men. The legion subdivided into different
types of soldiers best suited for particular fighting or war making skills.
Great Romans include Gaius Marius, Gaius Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony,
Maximus, Augustus - The first Emperor, Nero - The Madman of Rome, Trajan,
Constantine the Great, and Justinian - The last 'Great' Emperor.
These images below illustrate the uniforms of various Roman generals.
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