The Layman’s Historian

Episode 31 - Men of Iron: The Polybian Roman Legion

October 13, 2019

In this second of three special episodes, we take an in-depth look at the Roman army which fought the majority of the Punic Wars - its equipment, formations, and most importantly, the fighting ethos which animated the men within it. What was the key to the Roman's success? Superior discipline? A flexible fighting style? Not so. Although these things contributed to Roman success, it was Roman virtus balanced by disciplina which gave the legionary his edge.

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Recommended further reading:

Soldiers and Ghosts by J.E. Lendon

The Complete Roman Army by Adrian Goldsworthy

Legionary: The Roman Soldier's Unoffical Manual by Philip Matyszak 

Link to my Map of the Mediterranean World Circa 300 BC

Link to the Episode 31 page on the Layman's Historian website

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