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Roman Soldiers

Roman Soldiers; Standard-bearer; Horn-blower; Chieftain; Slinger; Lictor; General; Triumpher; Magistrate; Officer. (1882)

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Definition: The sagum was an article of outerwear worn by soldiers and poor people. The sagum cloak replaced the toga and was part of an expression in Latin for going to war -- saga sumere 'to take up the sagum'. Generals wore more lavish, purple-red garments called paludamenta. Both were once called trabea.

The sagum was open in front and could be fastened with a clasp at the shoulder. The cloak was woolen.

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Also Known As: Trabea

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