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shooting bows and arrows
firing giant catapults
smashing through forts Every soldier would carry their own food, camping equipment and spare clothes.
3 times a month they had to walk 30km. They also had to learn to swim and ride a horse. A Roman's usual daily routine would be as follows: Waking up at sunrise A trip to the toilets Breakfast Training Duties Mess, main meal Free time, baths and the vicus (a large settlement close to the fort). Back to the barracks You would spend the night sleeping with 7 other soldiers in your barracks, with only a woollen blanket to keep you warm. The toilets were just a long bench of holes next to each other: below would be running water to wash away your waste. Soldiers would clean themselves using a communal sponge on a stick. The soldiers would train every day so that they were ready for battle at all times. Training would be long and vigorous. Discipline was also very harsh. Centurions carried a vine stick which they used to beat soldiers. Most of the duties invovlved keeping the fortress in shape. The soldiers could also learn skills like pottery and leather working. The soldiers' main meal of the day was made by themselves; they had to cook their own food. The soldiers could enjoy the bath house in their free time. They could also visit the civilian vicus, which was the village next to the soldiers fortress. The day is finished off in the barracks where they sleep, with maybe some board games and gambling. A soldier got a decent wage and they could learn a valuable craft.
You were also given a special burial!! So what is a typical day like as a Roman soldier in Britain?
Despite the fighting, relatively nice! The Roman Army was made up of Roman citizens. To join the army you had to be recommended by someone in the army, be physically fit and of good character. Recruits were normally aged between 18 and 22 but some were as young as 15. Who was in the army? The Roman army had 28 legions. Each legion had between 5,000 and 6,000 men.
These were divided into 10 cohorts.
Each cohort had 6 centuries of about 80 men led by a centurion.
Each century was split into groups of 8 men who shared a tent or barrack room. Today we will be looking at...... You are going to apply for a job as a Roman soldier.
You will need to include in your application:
All the good things about being a Roman soldier. What benefits are there?
What would make you a good soldier?
Any questions you have about the job. L.O. I can apply for a job as a Roman soldier. Legionaries didn’t just fight. They also built camps, bridges, forts, walls and roads.
There were also specialists jobs such as doctors, cooks, carpenters, engineers and blacksmiths