A breif summary and overview of Greek and Roman armies, weapons, and tactics.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
ARMY ACTIVITIES, SERVICE AND PAY
The primary activity of the Roman Army was training and fighting. They were highly trained, organized and disciplined warriors. The basic tactical unit was the cohort. This was composed of 6 centuries to deliver commands and maintain discipline and unity. They relayed messages through signals by using either a round horn or a long straight trumpet. Roman soldiers also carried out the duty of working in building camps. This included, tending the wounded, quarrying stones, building walls and fortifications and building roads and bridges. These all carried out for a long term of service. The maximum was 16 years and approximately 6 of the years were of active duty. The pay was not very much; it was 112.5 denarii per year which is equal to $2200 American dollars.