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Flashback to the Roman Empire

Armour I have vivid memories of Latin class in school. Mostly, it was turbid drudgery because there are few good reasons for a sane teenager to learn a dead language. Still, I have to admit that the Romans did a fairly good job of Shock and Awe several thousand years before the term was co-opted by modern mechanized armies.

Lorica Segmentata (segmented armor) became quite common in the Roman Army in the first century A.D. For me, it typifies the look of a Roman Legionnaire, although chain mail shirts were probably more common among the proletariat foot soldiers. 

Windlass Steelcrafts produces a reproduction of classic Lorica in 18 gauge steel. It weighs a jaunty 17 lbs 6 oz, perfect for a quick march down the nearest road to quell local uprisings and fight off naked savages. Available for $439.99 (Canadian) from Reliks Inc., who report it's faithfully "copied from a type of Lorica found in Newstead, Scotland that dates from the second century A.D. This armor is quite flexible and allows plenty of freedom of movement."

Reproduction Roman Armor at Reliks Swords & Collectibles


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