A first century aqulifer. His armour and helmet are covered in a lion skin and he also carries a small circular shield.
The aquilifer takes his name from the type of standard he carries, the aquila (the 'eagle'). The aquila was the standard of the legion. It was the item which had to be defended at all cost, as it represented the legion's honour.
Bearing the legion's most prized possession the aquilifer's position was of high standing. In fact, one of the aquilifer's duties was to be in charge of the legion's pay chest. He would therefore also be the man to whom the legionaries and officers would entrust their savings.
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