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Roman Army At War

In this image we see the Roman Army engaged in a battle (to the left).  As the heavy infantry engage the Dacians the Emperor “interviews” a prisoner held before him by an auxiliary soldier.  The legion was for the battle winning action whilst the role of the auxiliary was to enable them to win.  Behind the emperor are the signum the standard and the cultic musicians.

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What is especially exciting is the mounted catapulta in the background. Mounted on a cart this Scorpion is a dart throwing artillery weapon that could be quickly and easily moved over the battlefield supporting the role of the infantry.

The success of the Roman Army lies not only in the fantastic equipment and training of the legion but in the backup it received from the rest of the army.  In modern terms this can best be described as the “warm fuzzy” feeling that the British Army tries to inspire.  The idea that the individual soldier is not alone and everyone else has his back.  Consider this, if you had this feeling how could you not conquer the world?

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The Zoetrope

The Zoetrope is one of my faviourate replica toys but I am always being asked where I get my replicas from.  There is a very large market for nice replicas and they can be sourced from online and bricks and mortar shops.    I have put an Amazon link at the bottom of  the page should you want one for yourself.

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What have I just finished reading? A Classical Education

I have a talk coming up in March that quite frankly is scaring me to death.  I have to give a series of forty minute talks to some ….. teenagers!  (Dan Dan Daaa!)

So yes I am brushing up on my Classical knowledge.  As a young and foolish man I really hated the Classics in general and Philosophy in particular but now at the age of 30 (version 9) I have come to love them.  My other interests include CS Lewis.  I have read everything that Lewis wrote and now with my classical knowledge increasing I can understand him a deeper level.  I never realised how much stoicism was in Mere Christianity or the Screwtape Letters!

I have just finished reading A Classical Education which proved to be a good read, full of interesting facts and enlightening.