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Velites
The light soldiers. Unlike the Hastaii, they did not have full armour, although they did have a helmet and a shield. They were also armed with a sword, but had a only a short javelin as opposed to a pilum.
Vexillationes
The name given to a group of troops taken from their unit for a specific purpose and then returned once their task was completed
Vigilies
A corps consisting of 7,000 ex-slaves who were the fire brigade of Rome. They also patrolled the streets at night keeping order
Votive offering
An offering or a gift made to a god


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