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Welcome in another update of Ancient Rome! - Something about the standard-bearer (signifer) - 16 players at the Gauls - New media!
Posted by RKotern on May 4th, 2010
Welcome in another update of Ancient Rome! Last time we showed exactly 16 players at the Romans. Now it is time for the Gauls: 1 Chief, 1 Standard bearer, 1 Musician, 13 (light, heavy infantry). Further details will be given later.
Now something about signifer.The signifer was the standard bearer carried the signum of the unit. Each century had a signifer (there were 59 in a legion) and within each cohort the first centuries signifer would be the senior. This standard served both as a rallying point for the soldiers and to communicate simple visual commands to the troops in battle. The task of carrying the signum in battle was dangerous as the soldier had to stand in the first rank and could carry only a small shield (parma). The pole could be topped with a leaf-shaped spear head or a manus (open human hand) image denoting the oath of loyalty taken by the soldiers.
A small, round shield used by standard bearers in the Roman army. Defense was not as effective as the large legionary shield, but it was useful. During the battle standard bearer held together parma and signum in his left hand.
One of the types of shields used by the Gauls. Patterns on each shield were unique of each warrior.
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