Can you match the Roman Legion with the correct war/battle?
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“Rome wasn’t built in a day”, the gradual expansion of what we all know today as the Roman Empire had 2 main pillars: Roman Civilization and its professional Legions.
It is impossible to separate the Roman civilization and its evolution from its success on the battlefield.
The Legions were Rome’s right hand, they were the ones who spread the Latin culture and all its values.
It was the Legions who brought the Roman laws, culture, traditions, and many other elements of the Roman society to the many corners of the Ancient World.
The legions were the largest units of the Roman army, is made up of about 3000 – 5200 soldiers.
They are considered some of the most successful combat units in all of Antiquity. Their name has gone down in history and is kept alive with the discovery of artifacts bearing their stamp.
The power structures were named according to the number they had, but also according to their origin, a certain moment in their history, or a victory they have obtained.
What is even more fascinating is that many of the legions raised by Julius Caesar and Octavianus Augustus continued to bring glory to Rome and its citizens, even 200 years later.
And even after the expansion of the Roman Empire stalled, the relevance of the Legions didn’t fade.
The maintenance of the vast territories of the Roman Empire couldn’t be done without a powerful, well-equipped, trained army.
The famous legions ensured within their diversity the unity of the territories occupied by Rome.
The Roman Legions proved their value and efficiency on the battlefield, but let’s not forget a small important chapter, the one represented by the Marian Reforms.
It is probably one of the many ironic situations in history, the same Legions who brought glory to Rome, were also the ones who will contribute to its downfall.
Although the reforms initiated by Marius greatly improved the efficiency and fighting strength of Roman Legions, the same reforms will later be responsible for the downfall of Rome.
It is debatable if Marius’ intent was only to create a professional Roman army, or rather a force who would later help achieve his own agenda.
What is certain is that, in the long run, Marius’ reforms indirectly meant that the simple legionary would be more loyal to his commander, not to the Roman State.
Marius’ left can be viewed as mixed, he created a professional army capable of dominating the field of battle, while at the same time he left a ticking bomb.
The ticking bomb left by Marius would later prove to be a challenge for every new Roman ruler.
And we all know very well, what most Roman commanders do after obtaining glory on the battlefield will later try to do, remember the Third Century Crisis.
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