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Why are Roman soldiers protrayed as being rugged?

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:52 am
by Henri De Ceredigion
I have just watched last night's episode of Red Dwarf set in 23 AD India where the crew were chased by two Roman soldiers both of whom looked as if they engaged in a fair few days at the local gym, however if my memory serves me right most Roman soldiers were lean as opposed to muscular due to the marching they did all the time.

Is there a reason why whenever televison programmes feature Romans they appear to be far more rugged that they should be?

Re: Why are Roman soldiers protrayed as being rugged?

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:16 pm
by Bad Viking
to get the chicks drooling :D then plonk adds for shoes and make up every 15 min's ! simples ! :lol:

Re: Why are Roman soldiers protrayed as being rugged?

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:00 pm
by Medicus Matt
Henri De Ceredigion wrote:however if my memory serves me right most Roman soldiers were lean as opposed to muscular


Wow...how old are you?

They didn't just march, they drilled, trained at the post, dug fortifications. When on the move, they dug a new fortlet every day, after a long days march and then backfilled it in the morning.
I reckon that'd do wonders for your muscle tone.