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Gary Brueggeman's The Roman Army

  • The march

    Developing a complete model of a representative Roman army on the march is more complicated than might be thought. Delbrück, who wrote over 500 pages... Read more
  • The Imperial army’s skirmish position

    The following schematic shows two post-Marian armies of four legions each with thin lines of skirmishers deployed in front of each army. In the post-Marian... Read more
  • 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
  • The skirmishers

    Veles, funditor and sagittarius Three types of skirmishers are shown in this drawing. The first three figures are velites used in the early republic. They... Read more
  • Model of the charge

    Model of the charge of an individual in the first rank This drawing requires some explanation. It is a time and distance graph of the... Read more
  • Elements of the charge

    The model of what the charge of the legion may have looked like is based on three fundamental building blocks. They are: how fast did... Read more
  • Trajectory calculator

    The fundamental formulas for the parabolic path of a missile can be entered into an Excel spreadsheet to product a Trajectory Calculator.  The actual spreadsheet... Read more
  • Description of the century and maniple

    The configuration for the century most frequently given is an arrangement of 10 files and 6 ranks with the files on 0.9m (3’) intervals and... Read more
  • The spacing of individual soldiers

    There is an ongoing question of the spacing required by legionaries. Vegetius says that each soldier required 1.83m (6’) of space. Most texts describe the... Read more
  • Alternative to gaps: The articulated phalanx

    Hans Delbrück presents a detailed analysis of the question of gaps in the line. He believes that the description in Livy should be regarded as... Read more

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