Roman Scutum (Shield) - Stage 3 Development - Circa AD 20-50

Roman Scutum (Shield) - Stage 3 Development - Circa AD 20-50

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Description
This model depicts the continuing evolution of the Roman Legionary shield and is the second modification to the original curved scutum used by the Roman Army starting around 700 BC. While this shield still retained the curved sides of the original scutum, the curves at the top and bottom of the original had been removed (as they were on the previous Stage 2 shield), but now the stage two wooden spindle boss was replaced by a lighter circular bronz or iron ummbo (boss) to protect the hand as it held the shield or was used offensively to strike an opponent. Wooden support strips on the reverse face provided rigidity and helped maintain shape. The design on the shield is a variation of the famous "Thunderbolt" emblem which first appeared during the reign of the Emperor Agustus (27BC - AD14) and by AD 100 was almost universal. #Army #Infantry #Legion #Legionary #Roman #Rome #Shield
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