Roman battle КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: CasselАвтор(ы): Adrian GoldsworthyЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2000Количество страниц: 225ISBN: 0-304-35265-9Формат: pdf OCR OGONРазмер: 61.3 mb swift Ifolder zero
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The range of these missiles was so short that a man did not have time to throw two pila and then draw his sword if he was advancing into combat. This means that either many pila were thrown outside effective range, or that the Romans usually slowed their advance or halted within 30 metres of the enemy. Such a pause in the advance is not as implausible as it may at first seem. The aim of the advance was to intimidate the enemy into an early flight. If neither side managed to gain a significant moral advantage over the other, then each may have lost confidence and been reluctant to close immediately with the enemy.
All Roman infantrymen were first and foremost swordsmen, and by the last 43 ROMAN WARFARE quarter of the third century at the latest, this sword was the famous gladius hispaniensis or Spanish sword. With a blade less than 60 centimetres (2 feet) long, the gladius was well balanced for both cutting and thrusting, and its manufacture from high-quality steel allowed it to preserve a wickedly sharp edge. The triarii carried a long hoplite spear, but the other lines already used the pilurn, the weapon which, with the gladius~ was to be the trademark of the Roman legionar~ The pilurn had a wooden shaft about 120 centimetres (4 feet) in length, topped by f\ a 60-90-centimetre (2-3-foot) narrow iron shank leading to a short pyramidal nl point, which with all the weight of the weapon behind it was designed for tJ.
Regular basis, were often less than a day's journey away: It is sobering to remember that the city of Veii, with which Rome fought a series of wars spanning a century, was situated not much more than 15 kilometres away: Veii was captured in 396 BC after a long siege, the first time that the Romans ever paid their citizen soldiers. Veii's territory was annexed and much of the land settled by Roman citizens. The warfare of the late fifth and fourth centuries BC became increasingly bitter and the consequences for the losers much more serious.