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Here I am in Rome serving my time in the Roman army. I am Emilio. I have been in the Roman army since I was twenty years of age. I have been serving for five years now, so that means in twenty years I can retire, if I am not dead yet. It is getting very cold at night, but thankfully we have our sagums (cloaks) to keep us warm. My heart still aches because I had a girlfriend back in my hometown but in order to join the army I had to leave her behind. I am here fighting the Celtics; we have been fighting for awhile now. It is really sad because a lot of friends die while fighting here, just today my friend Luca got stabbed right in front of me. It was hard for me to leave him behind but I had to. Luckily I killed the man who killed him I stabbed him with my pilum or hasta (spear). My feet are killing me because I forgot to repair my caligae (boots) we have to repair them every night, but I forgot last night.
I feel that I am more fortunate than the Celts because I feel our armor and clothing are better and more sophisticated than the Celts. We have a Tunica (tunic)to keep us warm, a Scutum (shield)that is curved and protects us better than the smaller shields used by the Celts. Finally, we have a better Cassis (helmet) to protect our heads; our helmet is curved like our shields are to protect more of our heads. Our Saccus (kit bag made out of leather) weighs up to 60 pounds because it includes 3 days worth of food and building tools. Although I feel we are more prepared than the Celts, our bags are very heavy, and sometimes I get weary from carrying it. Today we are invading the Celts, they don't even have a chance against us. We are a more organized and stronger army than they are.
I am very proud to be a Roman soldier because I am committed to my country. A symbol of unity is the eagle on top of our standard (spear). I think we are stronger and we have a more organized army than the Celts. Now I am one more day closer to retirement. I have to go repair my sandals so what happened today won't happen tomorrow.
Article posted February 18, 2010 at 01:09 PM •
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