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SUB-ROMAN GALLIC INFANTRYMAN

An extract from Armies of the Dark Ages 600-1066
by Ian Heath

30.      SUB-ROMAN GALLIC INFANTRYMAN

Although taken from a Merovingian source of c. 600 this figure is probably typical of those late Roman units which Procopius records still surviving in Gaul in the mid-6th century, wearing Roman uniforms and serving under Roman standards. These sub-Roman soldiers were of 2 kinds - the Laeti, descendants of the old military settlers, and the Milites, the descendants of the regular army units. Most were Germanic.

30a shows a similar helmet of c. 550 found at Isère.



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