Hughie Dwyer Posted December 23, 2022 · Member Share Posted December 23, 2022 Hello all, While doing research on the Roman Empire, I noticed that much of it was based around the high-ranking officials of the time. My limited knowledge and research led me to wonder about a possible class system in place. Was there such a thing? I wasn't sure about who the Senate and Consuls were and was wondering if someone could fill me in on this. Also, how do Army Commanders and Centurions relate to these powerful people and (like in the case of Septimius Severus) how were some commanders able to become emperor? As well as this, who was the Praetorian Guard and who were they in relation to the Army? From research, I have found out that much of an Emperor's power and stability comes from support of these people - especially the army. Therefore, I would be interested to know how the Roman Army was split up. I think that there were legions that were split up into legionaries. These were further spit up into centuries (commanded by a Centurion) of around 80 men. These 80 men were then split up into tents of around 8 men (is this all correct?) Beyond this, I know that the Roman army had a cavalry unit but also an Auxiliary Unit. The Auxiliary unit was made up of non-citizens of the Roman Empire (until the reign of Caracalla) who were added to the Army with their specialist skills (such as Syrian archers). After a 25 year spell in the army, soldiers of the legions would be given land and money whereas Auxiliary soldiers were granted citizenship. Finally, how did the army change over the course of time? Please correct me if I am wrong (which is very likely). Any help is much appreciated. Thank you Hugh 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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