Roman Military

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No powerful civilization has ever excised without a well-organized military. The Republic of Rome and Imperial Rome would have no been so influential to civilizations across the globe without a powerful military. Imperial Rome conquered vast lands from Britain to North Africa, from Egypt to Judea with their military which consisted of well discipline soldiers from their generals to the simple foot soldiers. This military was not an armed mob with clubs and spear; they were a high skilled set of professional soldiers. Over the vast Roman Empire the military executed the will of the emperor. The distinct similarities of the Roman Military to that of modern militaries, the history of their conquest and duties,
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(Ryrie) Roman soldiers mock and scourged Jesus prior to the crucifixion. (Mark 15:16-20) The soldiers also forced Jesus to carry his on cross. (Mark 15:21) Although it was the Sanhedrin that tried Jesus and was instrumental in the crucifixion of Jesus, it was Roman soldiers who carried out the crucifixion. (Ryrie) However in perhaps a prophecy of things to come; a Roman Soldier who witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus proclaimed “surely this was a righteous man”. (Luke 23:47) A roman soldier also was on guard at Jesus tomb. (Matthew 27:66). One of the early Gentiles to be saved was in fact a Roman military commander by the name of Cornelius. (Elwell) Cornelius was lead to the saving grace of Jesus Christ by Peter. . (Elwell) In the early fourth century the Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity, thus ushering in a new era of prosperity for Palestine. (Palestine) Roman soldiers by just following orders had a direct influence on Christianity. It all parts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, Rome’s military presence were well known, and there effects helped to expand Christianity. In conclusion the Rome possessed history’s first true professional army, a tactically proficient force that sustained its excellence through a severe regimen of training and discipline

that remained in place into the 3rd century. (Murray) The distinct similarities of the Roman Military to that of modern


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