Help support TMP


POLL: Roman Auxilia - Heavy or Medium Infantry?


86 votes were cast.


Back to POLLS home page


brevior est vita Inactive Member writes:

Not having read the Slingshot article, I am assuming that it concerns Early Imperial Roman auxilia who were armed with shields and short spears, and wore helmets and heavy torso armor. These I would definitely classify as 'heavy' infantry in wargaming terms, based on historical descriptions of their use in battle.

On the other hand, the Romans tended to refer to ALL non-legionary troops as "auxilia," including cavalry and skirmishers. These of course wouldn't be classified as either heavy or medium infantry. ;-)

Cheers,
Scott


Back to the Homepage



1,561 hits since 26 Dec 2007
©1994-2017 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

If you were a member of this website, you could participate in website polls. Would you like a free membership?

VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
heavy infantry
12
14%
bar of chart
medium infantry
52
60%
bar of chart
don't know
22
26%
bar of chart
POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

In Slingshot 252, there is a fascinating discussion between Nik Gaukroger and Adrian Goldsworthy on the nature of Roman Auxilia.

Do you believe that auxilia should be classed as heavy infantry (in the manner of the legions) or as medium infantry?