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'Roman Empire' on Netflix
#1
I just started watching, so I can't really give a fair assessment yet. But the series about Julius Caesar begins with a scene showing him as a 19-year-old army recruit fighting in a pitched battle as an infantryman. I know that he rose through the ranks, but wouldn't a young man of his background have enlisted as a cavalryman? His family was out of favor during Sulla's reign, but weren't they still relatively wealthy?
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#2
Caesar fought in the the Siege of Mytilene in 81 BC when he was 19. At the time he was a Legate under Marcus Minucius Thermus. Caesar wanted to be noticed in battle and, in a siege, that meant scaling the walls, not sitting in a saddle watching other people fight.
Author: Bronze Age Military Equipment, Pen & Sword Books
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(05-12-2019, 10:37 AM)Dan Howard Wrote: Caesar fought in the the Siege of Mytilene in 81 BC when he was 19. At the time he was a Legate under Marcus Minucius Thermus. Caesar wanted to be noticed in battle and, in a siege, that meant scaling the walls, not sitting in a saddle watching other people fight.

This is true, but the scene depicts an open battle in a field, with cavalry action on the flanks, not a siege of a city. He is shown right in the thick of the infantry, front and center. Is it wrong to assume he'd be on horseback for such a skirmish? The corona muralis would have been for just one specific tactical situation that required dismounting? Or would young Caesar not have had a horse at all throughout the campaign?
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He rode a horse when the army was moving but the only battle we know he participated in that year was the siege of Mytilene.
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