WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS LEGIONARY SOLDIER ?
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What is Wrong about this Legionary soldier, as pictured on the front page of the brochure for the Roman Vindolanda and Roman Army Museum Heritage Site in England?
Two, Three, maybe Four things. One Major and the others Minor.
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NOT SO FAST ! - HAVE YOU REALLY LOOKED
HIM OVER ?
OK !!! He is wearing his Corbridge-B lorica armor BACKWARDS !
And it appears to be WAY TOO BIG for him. Either he is small or the lorica was made for Goliath! The shoulder plates are hanging off his shoulders and the arm guard lams hang down to his elbows. Not a very good fit!
Could it be, that he is wearing it backwards for the picture because it is too big for him and it would look awkward and would not tie properly at the front if worn correctly?
Also, he does not appear to be wearing a gladius sword, just a pugio dagger and if the picture is not printed reverse, his Pilum javilin is in the wrong hand.
Regardless, the lorica worn backwards, is a serious error for a Historic Site that probably prides itself on historically accurate display and interpretation. Then again, how many civis would know the difference?
On the positive side - His scutum shield looks pretty snazzy with that nicely fitted brass edging, spiffy central hand boss, decorations and fresh paint job.
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