Meet Roman Centurion: Romulus Theodosius Pius
(Late 1st Century)

The Romans taught their children nothing that was to be learned sitting
~Michel de Montaigne

rent a professional historical character
A centurion was a professional officer of the Roman army after the Marian reforms of 107 BC. Most centurions commanded 83 men despite the commonly assumed 100, but senior centurions commanded cohorts, or took senior staff roles in their legion. Centuries, or Centuriae, means tribe or company. more>>
Later, generals and Caesars further manipulated these numbers with double and half-strength units. Gaius Julius Caesar, for instance, made the first century double strength. During the Imperial era Centurions gradually rose in seniority in their cohort, commanding centuries with higher precedence, until commanding more>>
the senior century and therefore the whole cohort. The best centurions were then promoted to the First Cohort, called Primi Ordines, commanding one of the ten centuries and also taking on a staff role. The most senior centurion of the legion was the Primus Pilus who commanded the 1st century. more>>
All centurions, however senior, had their own allocated century. Centurions could be elected, appointed by the Senate, or promoted to the rank for a variety of reasons. Gaius Julius Caesar is said to have promoted his for displays of valor. Centurions often suffered heavy casualties in battle, generally fighting alongside more>>
the legionaries they commanded. They usually led from the front, occupying a position at the front right of the century formation. They led and inspired their men by example. They also sought to display the skill and courage that may have gotten them to their rank in the first place. It is for these reasons more>>
that they often suffered a disproportionate number of casualties. Being held personally responsible for the training and discipline of the legionaries under their command, centurions had a well deserved reputation for dealing out harsh punishment. The centurion in the infantry is chosen for his size, strength and dexterity more>>
in throwing his missile weapons and for his skill in the use of his sword and shield; in short for his expertness in all the exercises. He is to be vigilant, temperate, active and readier to execute the orders he receives than to talk; Strict in exercising and keeping up proper discipline among his soldiers, in obliging them to appear more>>
clean and well-dressed and to have their arms constantly rubbed and bright. (Vegetius. De Re Militari, [6] II, 14 ) more>>
Your classroom or event will never forget the experience of meeting our amazing centurion from up close. With his impressive armour and captivating presence, your audience is sure to enjoy the entire experience from Ancient Rome. Centurion Romulus truly captures the essence of history, bringing it to life for today's audience!

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