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We can see from sculpture that Roman centurions wore cloaks as an indication of rank. Could they have worn these in battle? It seems they would have been somewhat of a hindrance.

Another idea struck me also. In the winter months, would the legionaries (and auxiliaries, ofcourse) have fought (if they were fighting in the winter) with their winter-cloaks on? Would the cloaks have actually been that much of a hindrance?

- Lorenzo.
I can only give my personal opinion on this matter, but I wonder if they felt the same as I do. I think as an infantryman it would be more of a hinderance than if you were cavalry. I just imagine it getting in the way or getting tangled up or stepped on if you were in a big melee on the ground. With that said, there would have been ways to wrap the cloak or secure it tighter with fibulae, etc.
Lorenzo wrote:

Quote:We can see from sculpture that Roman centurions wore cloaks as an indication of rank. Could they have worn these in battle? It seems they would have been somewhat of a hindrance.

For cloaks and cloaks in battle try my 'Roman Military Dress', 2009.

Graham.