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Lancearii
One name for the light cavalry. The other name was Antesignani
Latifundia
A large agricultural estate
Laqueatores
Gladiators whose primary weapon was a noose
Legatus
A commander of a legion. An envoy. A general. A governor of an imperial province. A deputy to the governor of a senatorial province
Legatus legionis
A legion commander
Legion
The base military unit in the army. Each legion contained 5,000 infantry and 120 cavalry. The soldiers in the legions were all Roman citizens. The number of legions in the Roman army fluctuated between 25 and 33, depending on how many the current emperor decreed there should be
Legio
The base military unit in the army. Each legion contained 5,000 infantry and 120 cavalry. The soldiers in the legions were all Roman citizens. The number of legions in the Roman army fluctuated between 25 and 33, depending on how many the current emperor decreed there should be
Libertus
A slave who had earned his freedom. Also know as a 'Freedman
Limes
A path between two fields. Later a name applied to a frontier
Limitanei
The border troops on the frontiers. They did not move around as the legionaries did, but remained based in one place
Lorica segmentata
The breast armour worn by a Roman soldier. It was manufactured from strips of steel that overlapped and was held together by two vertical leather straps
Ludi Capitolini
The annual games. They lasted for 16 days
Ludi Saeculares
A religious ceremony. The Secular Games
Ludus
A Roman primary school
Ludi magister
A school teacher, especially in a primary school


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