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Vexillarius
1st century AD

A first century vexillarius. His armour and helmet are covered in a wolf skin and he would usually also carry a small circular shield.

The vexillarius takes his name from the type of standard he carries, the vexillum. The vexillum was used as the typical standard for cavalry or, as in this case, in the infantry for detachments of varying sizes. Such a detachment could be of any number of men and is known as a 'vexillation'.
Their standard would signify which larger unit they would belong to, in this case the 20th legion.

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This page was last updated on 19th July 2008.