IN THE SUMMER OF '96 LEGION XIIII CROSSED THE SIERRA NEVADA DESERT ON A THREE DAY EXERCISE. THIS WAS ARRANGED FOR SUPPORTERS TO TAKE PART IN AND THERE WERE TWELVE OF US IN NUMBER. WE HAD FOUR PACK MULES CARRYING TWO LEATHER TENTS ALONG WITH ALL OUR FOOD AND WATER. EACH SOLDIER CARRIED HIS OWN SHIELD AND JAVELIN. THE IDEA OF THE MARCH WAS TO TRY AND CAPTURE THE FEELING OF WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO STEP BACK TWO THOUSAND YEARS.... IT WAS A VERY REWARDING EXPERIENCE FOR US ALL.
The group consisted mainly of historians, archaeologists and teachers. Amazingly everyone performed quite well cosidering the heat... but most were overjoyed when we reached our Hotel in Almareia and the local taberna. Where we all ate from a huge giant Piella dish specially laid on for us.
The closest thing to time travel... being there... somewhere remote... dressed for the part.
IT WAS CERTAINLY A LOT MORE DIFFICULT
BRINGING IT DOWN THAN IT WAS CARRYING IT UP!
SO MUCH FOR THE PLANS OF MICE AND MEN.
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IN BATTLE SITUATIONS A CORNICEM SIGNALLED TO THE TROOPS FROM A HIGH VANTAGE POINT.
ISSUING INSTRUCTIONS... THE SOUND BEING HEARD UP TO 2 MILES AWAY. This was the main way to control 5,000 soldiers of a Legion. Coded messages would signal to the men exactly what was needed of them. This gave the Romans an incredible advantage in battle over an enemy.
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTORS IN WARFARE IS THE COMPLETE CONTROL OF AN ARMY IN BATTLE.
The buccina and the cornu were used as signal instruments in the Roman army camp to sound the four night watches. The sound is very deep and travels much further than a higher pitch would.