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Gary Brueggeman's The Roman Army

  • The Republican army’s skirmish position

    The following schematic shows two pre-Marian armies of four legions each with thin lines of skirmishers deployed in front of each army. In the early ... Read more
  • Alternatives to gaps: closing and re-opening them

    Peter Connolly, in his book Greece and Rome at War, describes how the legion closed the gaps between units by having the rear centuries move... Read more
  • Gaps in the formation

    Following Livy and Polybius, many authors describe a legion formation with gaps between the maniples or cohorts equal to the width of the unit itself... Read more
  • Legion formations

    The Earliest Army The earliest Roman army is usually described as composed of about 1,000 men per tribe drawn in 100 man levies. The soldiers... Read more
  • Introduction

    Purpose The Roman Legion represented a unique tactical formation that proved superior to all other ancient armies. Among the elements that contributed to is superiority... Read more

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