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Mini Roman Army Boots

Price £5
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Mini Roman Army Boots

£5
Availability In stock!

The standard footwear of the Roman army, allowing them to march 20 miles a day in all conditions, these were known as caligae, Latin for ‘boots’, and inspired the nickname of Gaius, one of Rome’s emperors, Caligula or ‘little boots'. As a child he was dressed up as a soldier and was adopted as a kind of mascot by his father's legion. The boots show the patterns of hobnails in the underside of their soles. These gave extra grip in battle.

The label is stamped with a mark, LEG II AVG (legio secunda Augusta), used by the Second Augustan Legion who were based at Caerleon (ISCA), South Wales. The National Roman Legion Museum still holds a large number of bricks and tiles that were stamped in this way by Roman soldiers to show that the bricks or tiles belonged to the legion and were for their use.

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