Posted by flippin Gary (other posts) on March 15, 2014 at 21:14:22:
In Reply to: Re: What about cultural reasons for having SHORT hair posted by luke on March 15, 2014 at 18:37:46:
This is great material on the Roman military, thanks Luke. You're obviously way ahead of me on this. I have read that Roman soldiers had to buy their own equipment, and you're right a helmet might be an expensive luxury, especially if you wanted to stay light on your feet. And the poorer soldiers who couldn't afford helmets were the ones more likely to have problems with lice, giving them dual reasons for the short hair. As time went on, more of the soldiers actually came from the northern tribes, where everyone would have been shaggy. Was short hair a way of Romanizing themselves? Also, what do you make of the average Roman soldier's attitudes toward homosexuality? They teased Caesar for his widely-known youthful love affair with an Eastern king, but didn't seem to love or respect him any less. Was this a part of the changing orientation of the times?
What do you make of the soldiers' attitude toward Julius Caesar's
: Keep in mind, hair to the shoulders or longer will hang below a helmet unless deliberately stuffed inside. The helmet is also a grabbing hazard-but not all fighters in these armies had or could afford helmets. Heavy infantry was well armored, but light skirmishing troops often traded armor for mobility and low cost. Roman skirmishers sometimes wore the top half of a wolf hide over their heads, interestingly enough.