CENTURION MEMA040 - LEGIONARYMEMA039 by Les Etains Du Graal The sculptures are cast in pewter and are 4 inches or more in size. Each sculpture has a pewter stone base but rests upon a wooden platform. The wood platforms are generally 2 inches square & ½ inch tall with the characters name place on the face of each platform. Generally, each sculpture weighs roughly around 1.2lbs and comes packaged in their own gift box with foam inserts and stamped seal of authenticity certifying that it is a Les Etains Du Graal collectable. The Les Etains Du Graal statues are extremely popular with collectors and always look fabulous as a decor piece in any home or office.
A Centurion commanded 80 men divided into ten sections of eight. Six centuries of eighty men formed a cohort, and ten cohorts made up a legion (about 5,000). Most centurions were in charge of a 'century' (centuria) a group of eighty men, but senior centurions commanded cohorts, or took senior staff roles in their legion. A centurion was easily spotted by the sideways horse hair crest on his helmet, a shirt of mail armour over a leather arming-doublet, a cloak of fine material and he wore his sword on the left and his dagger on the right (different to the legionary) The Roman Legionary was a soldier who was a Roman citizen younger than 45.The legionaires of the Roman army were recruited only from those who had Roman citizenship. By the first century, many inhabitants of Italy, Spain and Gaul (France) were Roman citizens and were eligible to serve. Legionaires served in the army for 20 years. They were well-armed and well trained fighting men They were also skilled engineers and craftsmen because they had to build roads, bridges and forts.