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Book on how ancient people were stronger/faster

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Wasn't there a book about how a Roman legionnaire, required to march 20 miles in a day with his weight on his back, was stronger than a modern marathon runner?

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Stronger, yes, because he didn't have to run 26 miles and instead walked carrying a heavier load and potentially perform much more arduous physical tasks. The Romans deliberately aimed to strengthen their troops using practice shields and dummy weapons heavier than the real thing, and regularly. That said, I doubt many Roman legionaries were capable of running a modern marathon.

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