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What was daily life like for an ancient Roman soldier?
Most legionnaries were from the plebian or poor class. When they were not fighting battles, their daily life was spent marching, practicing fighting, and making their own armor of leather and weapons. When a legion moved camp, they would totally break apart the old camp and march away. When they stopped for the night, they would build a new camp, complete with walls, towers, and even roads. Between building and fighting and marching, legionaries had little time for anything else except a quick meal and as much sleep as they could grab. The Roman Legion