The backbone of the Roman army that led to an empire that was unrivaled in terms of size and power. They were usually heavy infantry with armor and a shield modeled after the ancient Greeks. They were masters of the sword and spear combination going along with a shield. They were made up of the wealthiest soldiers that could afford to make the best weapons and armor. They were disciplined, well-armed, and had great strategy which lasted beyond their empire.
Celtic La Tene bronze Battersea Shield, dredged from the Thames riverbed in 1857. It was adjacent to other weapons and skeletons (some Roman), and since it was probably only a ceremonial shield, it was most likely thrown into the river as part of a Celtic Brition burial rite between the 1st centuries BC and AD.