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Awards and Commendations in the Roman Army


As a follow on from our previous post on the Punishments in the Roman Army is an examination of the rewards and commendations on offer. The carrots as opposed to the proverbial stick.

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Punishments in the Roman Army


In the first episode of HBO’s acclaimed series Rome, we were lucky enough to see a form of punishment used within the Roman Army.

Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) is performing animadversio fustium, otherwise known as a major flogging of legionary Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson). The offence was for directly disobeying orders in the opening scene.

At this point, I wondered what other punishments were used in the Roman army? And for what infringements? As I’ve discovered, there were a  number of minor, major and collective punishments used in the Roman army.

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Sarissa (Macedonian), Form, Function & Origin


Imagine sparring against a boxing opponent that outreaches you by a factor of three and you’ll understand what it was like fighting against an opponent armed with the long pike known as the sarissa. At 15-18 feet long, it afforded the bearer an extremely long reach over a traditional spear wielding hoplite.

This article will discuss the origins of this long pike and use within the Macedonian phalanx. Strengths will be discussed and weaknesses explored.

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