A Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, Mythology, Religion, Literature and Art

A Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, Mythology, Religion, Literature and Art

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... the beginning of the 4th century it gradually rose to about 175, each of them, however, mustering a considerably smaller contingent. In course of time, and especially after the 2nd century, owing to the conflicts with the barbarians, the legion was drawn up more and more after the manner of the Greek phalanx, without intervals in its line and with a division of troops in its rear. In its equipment there was an important alteration beginning with the second half of the 3rd century, when ail the soldiers of the legion carried long swords (spdthat), and the first five cohorts two pfla, one larger and another smaller, while the last five had lanr.Soe, or javelins serving as missiles, and fitted with a leather loop to help in hurling them with precision. The military music of the Romans was provided by tub%cln's (see Tuba), cornlclnes (see Cornicen), buclndtOres (see Bucina), and liticines (see Lituus, 2). On standards or ensigns, see Signum and Vexillum. On levy, oath of allegiance, pay, and discharge from service, see Dilectus, Sacramentcm, Stipendium, and Missio. The accompanying cut (from the Column of Trajan) represents the soldiers of a legion on the march, pensive service of this kind, involving the equipment of a chorus (q.v.) for its musical competitions at public festivals, which were accompanied by theatrical and musical performances. (2) The Gymndslarchla, which imposed the obligation of training in the Gymnasia the competitors for the gymnastic contests, supplying them with proper diet while they were in training, and providing at the games themselves for the requisite arrangement and decoration of the scene of the contest. The most expensive type of this form of service was the lampddarchia, the equipment of the torch race (q.v.)7 which...show more

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  • Paperback | 478 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 844g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236632524
  • 9781236632524