Objective: Roman legions. One of the great strengths of the novel is its realistic portrayal of everyday life in the Roman military. This lesson will look at Roman military structure and what made them so effective in conquering the world.
1) 1. Homework. Students will research and write a paper on the structure of the Roman army. What were its units? What were the leaders called? What type of weapons did they use? How were they organized on campaign? How large was the army at its height of power? How many modern countries did the legion conquer? Who was allowed to join the legions? Who became the leaders? What type of pay, retirement and disability compensation was in effect?
2. Class discussion. Why was the military essential to Rome? What might have happened in history if the Roman military had been less efficient? What happened to the Roman military that...
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