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Roman Army

Lesson Objective: To investigate the importance of the Roman Army

Read the PowerPoint carefully.Complete the exercise and print it out.
Then try the quizz

   armour      army      centuries      citizen      control      Legion      protection      shields      stabbing      tough   
The Romans managed to conquer so many countries because they had such a good . The Emperor used the army to protect Rome and to the people it had conquered. Some soldiers were away from their families for long periods of time
When a soldier had served in the army for 25 years he could become a of Rome.
Organisation of the Army
The army was organised in a very simple way:
800 Legionaries (Roman Citizens who were in the army) would form a .
The Legion would be split into (80 men) controlled by a Centurion.
The centuries would then be divided into smaller groups with different jobs to perform.

Roman soldiers had to be . They were expected to march up to 20 miles per day in line, wearing all their and carrying their food and tents.
Roman soldiers were trained to fight well and to defend themselves. If the enemy shot arrows at them they would use their to surround their bodies and protect themselves this was know as 'the turtle'
The urtle
They fought with short swords, daggers for and a long spear for throwing. They also carried a shield for as well as wearing armour.