FABRICA             A Workshop

FABRICENSIS / FABRUS    An Artisan or Armorer

FACTUM  BENE         Well Done

FALCES MURALIS     Long pole with hook used to pull down a shield wall.

FALX                     Sickle  -  Curve bladed weapon

FAMILIA             Late Empire Period term for a army squad

FASCES                The cylindrical bundle of rods bound together by red bands, from which an ax head projected; and which was borne before high magistrates by lictors (attendants) as a symbol of his authority.  The "Fasces" symbolized the magistrates ability to inflict either corporal or capitol punishment.  It was also an emblem of unity and power used on coins and "coats of arms".   Italian "fascism" derived its name and emblem from the Fasces. Photos & more Details

FASCIA                Socks

FASCIS                A bundle, pack, parcel. 

FEBRUARY        "Februarius", ("februare", to purify) sacred to "Junu Februra" , along with January was added in 713 BC / 40 AUC to the end of the then 10 month long "Romulus" calendar, .  It became the second month of the revised 12 month Roman Republican Calendar circa 200 BC or 552 AUC, Ab Urba Condita, "from the Founding of the City" (Rome), when February was moved between January and March / Martius  and the Roman New Year was moved from March 1st (Kalends Martius) to January 1st (Kalends Januarius / Ianuarius).  See Mercedonius and consult  "Roman Calendar" on our  DateYearTime  Page for a more complete explanation.  

FERRATA          "Iron Plated",  "In Armor";   a popular nomen (name) adopted by several Legions

FERRUM                 Iron  -  Sword (in general)  Origin of periodic table symbol "FE" for iron

FIBULAE             A Roman "safety pin" or brooch to pin shut tunica or cloaks.   They came in a variety of styles, generally made of bronze; although iron, silver, and gold were also used.

FIDELITAS / FIDELIS   Fidelity or Loyalty. A principle tenant and precept for the members of Legion XXIV MA.

FISCUS                        The Imperial Treasury

FOCALE                      A neck cuff or scarf to protect the neck from lorica armor bites and to raise the armor higher around the neck for better fit.

FOEDERATUS           An ally

FORMA                       A Map

FORUM                       Market Place  -  Gathering Place

FOSSA                         A Ditch.  Also a defensive trench, empty or filled with water, deployed in front the Cervus.   Generally employed behind the StimuliLilia and Cippi as an obstacle in a perimeter field of defense. 

FORTASSE                 Maybe

FRETENSIS               "Destroyer";   A nomen (name) adopted by several Legions taken from a battle fought in the Straits of   "Fretum" (Messina) between Italy and Sicily during the First Punic War, circa 260BC  

FRUMENTARIUS     Intelligence Officer

FRUMENTUM          Army food supply

FUNDA                       Sling 

FUNDITOR                Slinger

FURCA                       A carry pole for satchel and other gear.

FUSTIS                       A staff or baton denoting authority,  used as an  Emblem of Office

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