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Old July 1st, 2014, 08:33 PM   #21
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LOL, Rome's army never got much bigger than 150,000 in the entire empire.
420,000. Auxiliaries count. Late Empire about 500,000.
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LOL, Rome's army never got much bigger than 150,000 in the entire empire.
The apex of Roman militarism was actually the late Republic. Marcus Antonius invaded Parthia with 30 legions, which would be about 150,000 right there. His army also had massive numbers of slingers, archers and cavalry, so we are talking about an army much bigger than 150,000, and this is not even counting the armies held by the other factions, outlaw warlords like Sextus Pompeius, marines and auxillaries.

I have seen the estimate as high as 500,000 men under arms at the height of the Republic. No one knows for sure, but that sounds much more close to right.
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No the Height of the Republic was about 60+ Legions under Augustus and Mark Antony which was about some 300,000 men.(slingers, archers, cavalry don't count) Auxiliary corp didn't really exist till the Empire. Allied troops were just allied troops of foreign nations.

Augustus disbanded them down to 28 Legions(3 got killed)so 25. That makes 255,000 with Auxiliaries and Praetorian Guard added.
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No the Height of the Republic was about 60+ Legions under Augustus and Mark Antony which was about some 300,000 men.(slingers, archers, cavalry don't count) Auxiliary corp didn't really exist till the Empire. Allied troops were just allied troops of foreign nations.

Augustus disbanded them down to 28 Legions(3 got killed)so 25. That makes 255,000 with Auxiliaries and Praetorian Guard added.
There may not have been an auxiliary corps but there were massive numbers of them under employ all of the same.
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Augustus fixed the number of legions at around 30, so at 5,000 per legion, that would make it 150,000 legionaries. However, Rome also had around an equal number of auxiliary troops, so all total Roman forces could be around 300,000.
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We should all know that movies are more about entertainment than education anyway. But if it isn't even entertaining, then it's a total failure.
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Augustus fixed the number of legions at around 30, so at 5,000 per legion, that would make it 150,000 legionaries. However, Rome also had around an equal number of auxiliary troops, so all total Roman forces could be around 300,000.
Ok, I was just going by a 1977 encyclopedia reference to the Roman army I think.
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Wait the the guy who killed Crassus is the bad guy? Crassus was terrible, if he had been killed before the battle of Carrhae the Romans might have won.
I imagine the general being killed would result in failure or turning back, regardless of who did it. It makes some sense for the bad guy to kill the commanding officer, I guess.
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...I want no more movies about Rome. In fact I curse all films about the Roman Empire to doom and failure, until said film is screened at my local theater.
Wow, Okamoto! Kudos on giving us a truly stunning find here! As a fan of both ancient warfare and monster flicks, this would be about as freaky as anything could get. Though, to be honest, is it really all that far from reality than the "Spartacus" ('300-acus') cable series? Anyway, once more, WOW!
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