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  1. mquish

    The Gallic Wars

    Just for the record, I wasn't comparing the legitimacy or warfare, only making a point that blaming one event alone on the ultimate fall of the empire (when it happened 500 years before the collapse of the west) is failing to take into account all the events that led up to it, and all those that may have occured as a result or in spite of its occurence. If that makes sense [edit]At any rate, though it may seem to some I am a supporter of Caesar, I am for the most part neutral on the matter. I just respond in such a manner when I feel that issues in the ancient world are being labelled in a context of modern morality. If that's not the case I apologize, its sometimes just a vibe that I pick up. Primus pilus, you seemed to be one of the top dogs if you like on this website, therfore you must know the rules exstensively. I have a couple of questions id like to ask concerning these and would be grateful if you would take the time to answer them. 1) Why do i have to provide a link to a site that i copied information from and how do i create a url in my post to link to that site. 2) Do i have to provide a link or can i just give credit to the site, like typing at the end of a post where the information was retrieved. 3) Is it forbidden to copy information from a source and place it in a post. Im not the fastest typer in the world and sometimes its easier to copy from other sources to provide answers to people who need answers. If i am too tired to type up a post from scratch or if it would take me too long, i dont see the crime in copying from a source with good intentions at heart.
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    Roman Special Troops

    Taken verbatim from Wikipedia. Mquish, you must give credit to your sources when posting. how?
  3. Gaeus Maximus I Was in tears laughing during that scene of the life of Brian.
  4. Im not sure what you mean by lull, but it was common practice for the acies prima(frontline) to rotate with acies secunda(second line) when they got tired. The number of men in a legions line(depth) depended on many factores.ie, How many men were available, The number of enemies, Locations and many other variables. I will explain what a legion was made up of and maybe this will help you understand battle lines more clearly. A roman legion consisted of many groups. It was made up of many smaller groups grouped into bigger and bigger ones. The lowest unit was called the pedite, a single soldier. Next would be the grouping called a Centuria, a pack of 100 men led by a Centurion. Two Centuria would team up to form a Manipulus. A Cohors would be made by binding 3 Manipuli together. A legion would be formed by getting together 10 Cohorts. The legion would be led by a general. The usual battle formation was the triplex acies. It consisted of three parts. 1) The prima acies ( the strongest troops stationed at the frontline). The first line consisted of four cohorts(2400 men) 2) The Acies secunda made up the second line and consisted of three cohorts. These were usually mediochre troops used mainly for plugging gaps in the frontline defensive. 3)The last line was called the Acies tertia. This line again contained three cohorts. Thse troops were the weakest and were used to protect against flanking and in the case of the second line needing more men to fill in the gaps of the frontline. I hope this information is helpful. I
  5. Fist of all, someone is asking a question and usually when someone asks a question they are looking for an answer not a link. And secondly, im new at this sight, how am i supposed to know which threads are old and which are new. And thirdly, i believe it was you who told me to be courteous in my posts, so instead of telling me what i am doing wrong, you could try telling me how i can solve them. ps: how do i provide a link ( Computers science isnt my speciallty)
  6. mquish

    Roman Britain

    [ Boudicas forces were made of iceni, trinovantes and other british tribes. Yes I suppose so, but why did you quote me to say it? My post has nothing to do with the tribes who revolted. Sorry, i misread the post. I have a habit of doing that.
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    Testudo Formation

    The testudo was best used when sieging an enemy. It was used to shield the soldiers from arrow fire as they advanced toward the main wall to climb ladders. It became a problem in certain situations. The primary problem with the formation was that it was so tight that the soldiers had great difficulty fighting in hand-to-hand combat
  8. mquish

    Roman Britain

    Boudicas forces were made of iceni, trinovantes and other british tribes.
  9. mquish

    Roman Emperors

    I agree. Yes he might have been just a party animal to some and is known for his neglicting of empire matters, but when it came to the big picture, as you have described above, if it wasnt for him the fall of the empire might have come much sooner than it did. Some say he couldnt have done it without the spear of destiny......Actually its just me saying that.
  10. This answer is not based on your question but i thought id throw it in anyway. Here is a list of my six best emporers. 1) Nerva 2) trajen 3) Hadrian 4) Antonius pius 5) Marcus Aurelius 6) Lucius verus
  11. The first step in building the city is contructing the walls. The camp would be surrounded in fossa (ditch) and an agger (wall). This ditch and wall system made it difficult to attack, and often would slow down the enemy. The Roman Camp was shaped like a square, with entrances at the midpoint of each of its sides. The entire camp perimeter was made of a strong wall, built up by a vallum. This vallum had walkways that were constantly guarded by centurions, and each portae is guarded by an additional watchtower. The guarded gates in the vallum were called portae. The camp was connected by roads which were built as straight as possible. The way the road system worked was that the Via Principia connected the eastern and western portae, and the Via Praetoria connected the north and south portae. All the soldiers were quartered inside cantebernium, which were tents that could hold eight men at a time. The general's tent, called the Praetorium, was located in the center of the camp, where the main roads intersected. Outside the general's tent was a flagpole. When certain flags were raised, battle could be signaled. Also in the center were the Taburnaculae, known as the merchant tents.
  12. mquish

    Tons Of Questions.

    Gladiator is based around the time of the co emperors Marcus aurelius and Commodus (177-192). Every soldier was equipped with the basic defensive and offensive equipment. All clothing was military standard, so everyone would look uniform. There were three basic defensive tools used to prevent attack. The Lorica, also known as the breastplate, was built to withstand frontal attack. The Galea, Latin for helmet, was made to prevent crushing blows to the head and face. The most important of the three however was the Scutum. This shield was used to ward off attack in close battle, and utilized for many other protection schemes. The offensive tools consist of two types of weaponry. The first is the javelin. The javelins were constructed to bend once inside the enemy, that way the enemy could not pull them out or reuse them for their own needs. The second offensive weapon the soldier was equipped with was the Gladius. This was the basic short sword that was good for close attacks. Side by side with these weapons were the standard issue clothing. As a soldier, you were required to wear certain clothing. The first of which was the Tunica. The Tunica was like an undergarmet we have today. The next layer of clothing was much like a jacket, a cloak of sorts that was worn over the tunica. And to top off the look, every soldier wore a pair of Caligae, extremely heavy boots made for marching. In addition, all the equipment was carried over the soldier's shoulder in a sarcina. The sarcina would weigh about 50 pounds when completely full. The romans used a type of ancient morter of unknown composite. It was very effective as a water proofant. Historians believe it was also used in the colliseum when it was flooded to stage huge naval games. Although this is debatable. The road systems were seen as advanced because they were built to give greater tactical and logistical movement to the army. It allowed Romes armies to march long distances quickly and effeciently as the were always built in straight lines. It also meant that because the army didnt need to travel over rough terrain, they didnt tire as easily.
  13. I think you are talking about the signifier, well educated men who stood in fron of the centurian. You could also be talking about A draconius, a dragon-head with a fabric tail made to whistle in the wind