Do You Have Basic Idea About Roman Military Tactics?

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The Roman army was the foundation of the Roman empire which conquered numerous tribes, clans, and empires with the help of their powerful military. It was the main house of economic and political power. This quiz has been developed to test your knowledge about tactics, formations, weapons, and history of the Roman Army. So, let's try out the quiz. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which formation involved the front row extending shields and other rows putting shields on top of the lines?
    • A. 

      Wedge Formation

    • B. 

      Tortoise Formation

    • C. 

      Killa Attila

    • D. 

      Orb Formation

    • E. 

      SPQR

  • 2. 
    Which of the following was a shield?
    • A. 

      Gladius

    • B. 

      Hasta

    • C. 

      Scutum

    • D. 

      Chest Protecta

    • E. 

      Pilium

  • 3. 
    Which emperor ordered his army to build a wall through present-day England?
    • A. 

      Marcus Aurelius

    • B. 

      Nero

    • C. 

      Augustus

    • D. 

      Claudius

    • E. 

      Hadrian

  • 4. 
    Which formation was used usually when the army could be surrounded and crushed?
    • A. 

      The Orb

    • B. 

      Repel the Cavlry

    • C. 

      Fight to za Death!

    • D. 

      The Tortoise

    • E. 

      The Wedge

  • 5. 
    Which was a line of troops that was widely spaced apart?
    • A. 

      The Tortoise

    • B. 

      The Wedge

    • C. 

      Repel the Cavalry

    • D. 

      Skirmishing Formation

    • E. 

      The Orb

  • 6. 
    What was, from about the time of Tiberius on, the dominant type of basic armour worn by a Roman legionary in the Imperial armies?
    • A. 

      A mail coat

    • B. 

      Just a leather jacket

    • C. 

       an iron breast plate

    • D. 

      Horizontal metal strips combined with vertical leather strips

  • 7. 
    An essential part of their protection was the scutum or shield the Roman legionaries carried. What shape was it?
    • A. 

      A small and round shield with a central boss

    • B. 

      A flat rectangular shield without a central boss

    • C. 

      A square shield without a central boss

    • D. 

      A semi-cylindrical shield with a boss

  • 8. 
    The scutum was not just a defensive shield, it was also used to push the enemy out of balance. Once the enemy was on the ground the Roman legionaries could also use their sandals or caligae to injure the enemy. Why?
    • A. 

       the sandals had pointed metal tips

    • B. 

      The sandals were hobnailed

    • C. 

      He sandals had sharp spikes

    • D. 

      The sandals had spurs

  • 9. 
    What, of all his military equipment, was the weaponry a Roman soldier would use in the first stage of a standard attack?
    • A. 

      Their arcus with which they shot two arrows or sagittas in quick succession

    • B. 

      If possible, both his pila or javelins, in quick succession

    • C. 

      Their shield to push over an enemy

    • D. 

      Their 18 inch sword or gladius

  • 10. 
    The walls the Romans built to keep the northern tribes out of Romanised Britain (Hadrian's Wall and Antonine Wall) were built in keeping with standard procedures. At regular distances, there was a kind of little castle from where a guard or patrol could survey what happened 'along the line'. What was the normal distance between such mini-forts?
    • A. 

      Half a mile

    • B. 

      One mile

    • C. 

      A hundred yards

    • D. 

      Two miles