The Roman infantry was the finest fighting machine of the Ancient World. Its troops were highly disciplined, well trained and generally well led. This is a replica rectangular infantry shield or scutum (Approximately 110x78cm).
This shield also meets the needs of the re-enactor making it ideal for use or for decoration
The Scutum, or shield, was the main form of body protection of the Roman soldiers. It served the purpose to deflect missiles targeted at the soldiers, as well as protect them from the impact of hand held weapons yielded at them. The shields large size allowed the soldiers to form a "tustudo' or shield wall that could protect them during an advance.