1. Kookaburra Jack

    Chi-Rho ☧ originally a Symbol of the Centurion

    A common Christian legend has it that the Roman emperor Constantine first used the Chi-Rho symbol ☧ on his vexilla (military standards) to represent a christogram formed from the first two Greek letters of the word "Christ" (Greek: ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ, or Χριστός) — Chi (χ) and Rho (ρ). "By this, conquer!”...
  2. C

    Reason for Imperial Roman centurion pay?

    Why were Imperial Roman centurions paid so well? Early Modern European commanding officers were paid similarly. But there I can discern a reason. The payscale for New Model Army infantry, as promised, seems to have been: A private: 8d/day (coming to 240d, i.e £1/month and £12/year) ... A...
  3. Ben Kane

    The Shrine - think Teutoberg Forest...

    This is the first part of a digital short story I wrote recently. It's a prelude to my new novel, Eagles at War, which is about the infamous battle of the Teutoberg Forest, when the Romans lost 3 legions at the hands of German tribesmen. The main character, Tullus, is also a central character in...
  4. PreColonialAfricaFTW

    Interesting, just watched the movie Centurion

    it's with Michael Fassbender and set in Roman Britain in the 1st century AD. I noticed that one of the men in the Roman garrison was Numidian, obviously as the Roman empire was very diverse that doesn't surprise me. He was depicted as black, but that does not surprise me either, I'm surprised...
  5. Salah

    How to become a Roman centurion

    The officers known as centurions (Latin centuriones, singular centurio) formed the backbone of the Roman Army of Antiquity, very possibly from its conception straight up to its fall in the West. The word 'centurio' itself denotes a commander of one-hundred, though the number of troops actually...
  6. P

    The Eagle V Centurion

    The Eagle is on HBO tonight - I have seen it before and also the movie Centurion. Both have very similar plots...which one is best? My vote goes for Centurion. (But The Eagle has the better battle scene)
  7. I

    Centurion song - my lyrics

    Hi everyone I'm currently recording a song called Centurion, loosely based around Roman Centurions - could you please scan over my lyrics - your thoughts / feedback are most welcome and I'll post the song on here once it's completed! I have used a few lines from Shakespeare's Coriolanus as I...
  8. markdienekes


    Has anyone else watched this yet, it's been released in England, but not in any of the cinemas in Oxford : (
  9. okamido

    Centurion Trailer

    Here is a link for the upcoming film about the demise of the 9th Legion, Centurion. http://historyoftheancientworld.com/2010/02/first-trailer-from-the-film-centurion/