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List Price: $159.99
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Length: 36"
Width: 20"
Weight: 14 lbs

A Legionnaire's Battle Shield (or scutum) was one of the most important pieces to his survival. This heavy shield protected the troops in close combat from sword, spears, arrow and rock assaults.

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ROMAN BATTLE SHIELD Image of 35-002 Roman Battle Shield(35-002)
The most popular of all Roman style shields, this scutum is a solid metal construction with authentic, hand painted Roman artwork. Perfect for the reenactor or collector. KEY FEATURES: * Solid metal construction* Replicates an original * Perfect piece for the collector or reenactor MEASUREMENTS: LENGTH: 36 inches WIDTH: 20 inches WEIGHT: 14 lbs

On the left side of the soldier's body was his trusty shield (scutum is the Latin word for "shield"). It was a semi-circular shield, designed so that any missiles thrown at the soldier would be deflected to one side. This would mean less effort by the soldier would be needed to defend himself. This design was probably derived from shields used by the Italian Celts or from the Greek Thureos. The oval scutum is depicted on the Altar of Domitius Ahenobarbus in Rome, the Aemilius Paullus monument at Delphi. By the end of the 3rd century AD the rectangular scutum seems to have disappeared. Fourth century archaeological finds indicate the subsequent use of oval or round shields which were not semi-cylindrical, but were either dished (bowl-shaped) or flat. Roman artwork from the end of the 3rd century till the end of Antiquity show soldiers wielding oval or round shields.


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