Most modern militaries can trace their organizational structure back to the Roman army. This video will give you a quick, three-minute visual summary of the Roman army, from its legions to the titles of the men leading individual units that make up the whole.
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This is fantastic! Thank you so much for posting this - I will definitely re-post to my fb and to my Legion's page, as well. I love this kind of breakdown. Interesting to note: the auxiliaries were where you would find some of the female fighters, especially in the archery and sling corps. The Romans were appalled at people like the Sarmatians, who had horsewomen and archers, because no proper Roman woman would ever do something like be part of an actual fighting force. Now, there were plenty of women who accompanied the Roman men on campaign, and not all of them were prostitutes. Some were wives or businesswomen who saw to the needs of the army. A woman might even earn the title "Mater Castrorum" - Mother of the Camp. The Sarmatians had a fascinating social structure - a woman could not marry and have children unless she had first killed at least one enemy of the people. Romans where aghast, but they still hired the female archers for the auxiliary. This kind of breakdown reminds me of the way Genghis Khan organized his forces. Have you read Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World? It's a short book on how the Mongolian cavalry was the force that enabled GK to create the largest empire this world has ever seen. Not the longest-lived, certainly, but the largest. The smallest unit of the army was the arban - ten men, each responsible for the lives of the other nine. The punishment for not protecting your nine guys in battle was execution. Ten arban made a zuun - 100 men. Ten zuun made a mingghan - 1000 men, and 10 mingghan made an army of 10,000 called a tumen. They were incredibly fast, since every singly member of the army was cavalry and had several re-mounts with him. They were maneuverable and could easily split up to create pincer movements. And, my favorite: their orders were given to them in song. The same melody, with different words to make up their orders. The cavalry sang their orders as they rode, which meant that it was rare for orders to be lost, forgotten, or misunderstood. I often wonder if some of the folksongs from Mongolia are based on those ancient marching orders given by Genghis Khan.
That was great, but I need to watch it a few times to learn it all and brush up on my math. I love the last part, basicly serve Rome and become a citizen after just 25 for you and your whole family. Has merit I think could be applied here in America. Manya is going to love this video. Just Saying.
Glad you liked it. Seemed like a great visual source for this.
This is awesome. I've been trying to understand this subject for months but couldn't find a good source.