Wagon Fight

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Interior illustration for Ancient Warfare Magazine.

This scene is attached to an article about Trajan's campaign against the Dacian's and depicts a group of Roman soldiers attacking a wagon convoy made up of woman and children and protected by a handful of Bastarnae warriors wielding the fearsome falx. As protection against these weapons Roman legionaries wore additional right arm armor called a 'manica' and reinforced helmets, which became a signature look for Trajan's legions in Dacia. The Roman auxiliaries, as depicted on the side, were more lightly armored.