Forestier: A legionary sentry
A legionary sentry. By the 1st century A.D., however, the armour of the legionary, here seen on duty outside the guardroom, has become completely standardised, the only difference being in regimental crests and insignia. This legionary is wearing a true Roman helmet, the classic cassis; a flexible breastplate, and a red cloak on his back. The gladius ibericus hangs from his left shoulder, and the military belt with its apron of leather flaps over his tunic. In his right hand is the pilum.
The figure is heavily influenced by the reliefs on the helical frieze of Trajan's Column, with additional flourishes such as the socks (presumably taken from the Cancelleria relief) and the red cloak (debate over the colour of cloaks and tunics can easily lead to the spilling of blood or, at the very least, hissy fits amongst the re-enactor community), for which there was little evidence at the time Forestier was working.
Amédée Forestier, ?1927