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War Machine

The top of the Roman Caerleon fortress. 2000 years ago it was  home to a century of Roman legionaries, with 80 men based in this barrack blocks and another 50 dotted around the legionary fortress.

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Mighty. Brutal. Feared. It was the most disciplined and deadly force in the ancient world. Though history remembers the names of emperors and generals, it was the ordinary men of the Roman military machine that carved out and kept an empire. They trained, fought and marched thousands of miles on roads that they built. Using ancient records and scientific research and recent archaeological finds, we'll trace their journey as invaders, peacekeepers and colonists from the furthest frontiers back