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Roman Army training (as a martial art / sport)

Posted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:40 pm
by Chickun
Hi

I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions for a good book to look into this?

I used to do 15thC LH, and now do a bit of WMA on an ad-hoc basis with friends.

I've been interested in the Roman period for quite a while, and I assume that Roman training methods are quite well documented. I would be interested in having a go at Roman stuff as well.

Thanks in advance.

Re: Roman Army training (as a martial art / sport)

Posted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 2:01 pm
by Phil the Grips
It is done but tends to be more Gladiatorial than Military- there is a professional group in France actually sponsored by the French government to do research and training and others in Germany who do similar at their own expense. Ilkka Hartikainen was doing some private stuff in Finland based on their work.

Dwight McLemore and Steve Huff have benen doing demos and workshops of conjectural gladiatorial methods at events in the US and likely that'll result in a book at some point

Until then ask at RAT-
http://www.romanarmytalk.com/rat/index.php

and read Vegetius' De Re Militari

Re: Roman Army training (as a martial art / sport)

Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:57 am
by Chickun
Hi - thanks for that. Will have a look.

Re: Roman Army training (as a martial art / sport)

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 12:44 pm
by Ludus Scorpius
Hmmm I have started a gladiator group up and there is plenty of details around about the individual fighting styles used and of course it is easy to fill in the blanks with other forms of martial training. I think it is a little more difficult to find stuff about the Roman infantry though as they were trained to fight as a unit so you would have to take that into account although I do know it involves lots of stabbing :)