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gerontius grumpus
34792.  Sat Nov 26, 2005 8:28 am Reply with quote

Sorry to drag up old subjects, but I found a posting from a previous series which I think is quite interesting.

From about the time of Augustus to about 200 AD the number of legionaries in a century was about 80.

The name century is thought to stem from early republican times when there was no standing army and recruits would be selected from the eligible population when needed.
From every hundred volunteers, sixty men would be selected for active service and they would form a century or half maniple.
The remaining 40 men would stay behind to tend the crops and go about their normal business.
The century of 60 was later increased to 80.

35606.  Sun Nov 27, 2005 7:35 pm Reply with quote

Well, I think that's quite interesting, gerontius it's additional information on a question we tried in the last series.

By the way, please don't read anything into the occasional thread which gets no responses.

If you want to draw attention to something you've started, simply keep posting on your own thread so that it rises to the top.

There are no paid staff here, every one of us is doing it entirely because we like doing it or because we believe in it usually both.

But the forums are too large now to read everything in one's free time, so some things will necessarily get missed, unless the poster keeps feeding the thread.

gerontius grumpus
55491.  Sat Feb 25, 2006 7:10 pm Reply with quote

I just put this in to see if I could get an image on to the forum.

55581.  Sun Feb 26, 2006 11:56 am Reply with quote

Hmm nice skirt. That reminds me, I was watching Blackadder - Back and Forth the other night. I wish the skirts had been longer. Gahh my eyes......

Quaintly Ignorant
55592.  Sun Feb 26, 2006 1:11 pm Reply with quote

Centurion: Hail Caesar.
Pilate: Hail Caesar.
Centurion: Only one survivor, Sir.
Pilate: Thwow him to the floor.
Centurion: What, Sir?
Pilate: Thwow him to the floor.
Centurion: Ah!
(He motions to the two Roman guards, who throw Brian to the ground.)
Pilate: Now, what is your name, Jew?
Brian: Brian.
Pilate: Bwian, eh?
Brian: (trying to be helpful) No, *Brian*.
(The Centurion cuffs him.)
Pilate: The little wascal has thpiwit.
Centurion: Has what, sir?
Pilate: *THPIWIT*.
Centurion: Yes, he did, sir.
Pilate: No, no, thpiwit...bwavado...a touch of dewwing-do.
Centurion: (still not really understanding) Ah. About eleven, sir.
Pilate: (to Brian) So you dare to waid uth.
Brian: (rising to his feet) To what?
Pilate: Stwike him, centuwion, vewwy woughly.
Centurion: And throw him to the floor, Sir?
Pilate: What?
Centurion: THWOW him to the floor again, Sir?
Pilate: Oh, yeth. Thwow him to the floor.
(The Centurion knocks Brian hard on the side of the head again and
the two guards throw him to the floor.)
Pilate: Now, Jewith wapscallion.
Brian: I'm not Jewish ... I'm a Roman!
Pilate: *WOMAN*?
Brian: No, *ROMAN*.
(But he's not quick enough to avoid another blow from the Centurion.)
Pilate: Tho, your father was a *WOMAN*. Who wath he?
Brian: (proudly) He was a centurion in the Jerusalem Garrison.
Pilate: Oh. What was his name?
Brian: Nortius Maximus.

Monty Python is so very hard to resist.

gerontius grumpus
55593.  Sun Feb 26, 2006 1:14 pm Reply with quote

The pterygae are part of an 'elaborate leather arming doublet'.

The kit was based on Marcus Favonius Facilis before the phalerae were added.


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