History : Oct-Nov 2015
52 OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2015 2 1 Goddess Victory, an image shown on a vexillum found in Egypt 1 Flag or vexillum A square flag was hung from a spear and crossbar, probably bearing the unit’s number and title. It was used by both cavalry and infantry detachments. 2 Dress helmet Ancient reliefs differ in their depictions of the Praetorian Guard in a way that suggests they wore the standard legionary helmet of the time. This reconstruction is based on a relief now in the Louvre. 3Shield or scutum Both the cancellaria and puteo shields appear on ancient reliefs and are here depicted with the praetorian motifs of scorpions on the cancellaria and lightning, stars, and moons on the puteo. 4 Standard or signum Each centuria (around 100 men) carried a signum, or standard, bearing its particular honors. The signa of the Praetorian Guard were elaborately decorated, making them extremely heavy. A Spear holding the praetorian flag, which was usually red INSIGNIA OF THE PRAETORIAN GUARD Experts think the praetorians wore the same standardized military equipment as ordinary legionaries. Their weapons, helmets, and shields followed the prevailing styles of the time. However, their shields and standards bore distinctive decorative features to distinguish them from ordinary soldiers of Rome.
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