I am not a re-enactor. Who would be comfortable handing me a machine gun to replay times when I used live ammunition…exactly. That doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate people who do it. I think that it’s a fun and harmless way to entertain yourself. There are also historical angles that I find interesting.
Here are some photographs of the 21st Legion
|First Cohort marches into camp.
|Waiting for the barbarians. Not some wear segmentata armor and others wear
chainmail. Still others in some of the photos wear scale armor over their chainmail.
The Roman military system was a combined arms force that included articulated heavy infantry, light artillery (archers), heavy artillery (siege machines), light and heavy cavalry. They lost a few battles, but not many. Prior to the age of the Caesars, much of the military was voluntary. Marian reforms brought some innovations that carried them forward through the ages and the management of vast territories.
|The First Cohort on parade.