Forensic Fashion
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>>69 Jul.-Cl. Roman miles
Subjectmiles heavy infantry legionary
Culture: imperial Roman
Setting: Julio-Claudian/Flavian dynasties, early Roman empire 27BC-AD96
Evolution48BC Rep. Roman miles gregarius > 69 Jul.-Cl. Roman miles






* Coggins 1966 p64
"The body armor was usually the lorica segmentata.  This was a leather or linen jacket, upon which was sewn a series of metal bands, hinged at the back and fastened in front with clasps.  These reached from under the arms to the hips.  Over each shoulder was fastened a shoulder piece made up of three or four plates, the ends of which were fastened to the cuirass.  Below this cuirass, leather straps hung down like a kilt almost to the bottom of the tunic."




* Coggins 1966 p64-65
​"The shield, or scutum, was oblong, about four feet high by two or two and a half broad and deeply curved.  It was made of wood, covered with leather and with an edging of iron.  In the center was a boss and within the border was the insignia of the legion, painted on, or made of metal and riveted in place.  Presumably to protect this insignia, the shields were covered when on the march or in camp."




*Coggins 1966 p64
"The legionary wore a short-sleeved woolen tunic reaching to mid-thigh.  Soldiers of a later date are always shown wearing tight-fitting trousers (braccae) but whether these had been adopted in Caesar's time we do not know.  As his campaigns called for wintering his troops in a fairly cold climate, it is possible that warmer clothing had been adopted, and that the braccae were the adaptation of the long trousers of the Gauls."


* Coggins 1966 p64