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The Lorica Segmentata is believed by most historians to be the primary body armour of the Roman Legionary during the last
part of the Roman Empire. 'Lorica' is the Latin word for armour. Unlike other Roman armours such as the Lorica Hamata and
Lorica Squamata, we do not know exactly what the Romans called this type of armour, so we have made up our own term 'Lorica
Segmentata,' roughly: 'Segmented Armour.'
The lorica segmentata was a type of armor primarily used in the Roman Empire,
exploiting Greek technology, but the latin name was first used in the 16th century (the ancient form is unknown). The armour
itself consist of broad ferrous (iron or steel) strips ('girth hoops') fastened to internal leather straps. The strips were
arranged horizontally on the body, overlapping downwards, and they surrounded the torso in two halves, being fastened at the
front and back. The upper body and shoulders were protected by additional strips ('shoulder guards') and breast- and backplates.
The form of the armour allowed it to be stored very compactly, since it was possible to separate it into four sections. During
the time of its use, it was modified several times, the currently recognised types being the Kalkriese (c. 20 B.C. to A.D.
50), Corbridge (c. A.D. 40 to A.D. 120), and Newstead (c. A.D. 120 to 250) types.
The main problem with the lorica segmentata
was its complexity, making its components prone to attrition and corrosion.
So far as is known, only legionaries were issued
with the lorica segmentata. Auxiliary forces would more commonly used the Lorica Hamata which is chainmail. It fell out of
use during the 3rd century A.D., but similar armouring techniques were used during the 16th century.
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