Roots of Strategy: A Collection of Military Classics

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THE POST-EXERCISE.

We are informed by the writings of the ancients that, among their other exercises, they had that of the post. They gave their recruits round bucklers woven with willows, twice as heavy as those used on real service, and wooden swords double the weight of the common ones. They exercised them with these at the post both morning and afternoon.

This is an invention of the greatest use, not only to soldiers, but also to gladiators. No man of either profession ever distinguished himself in the circus or field of battle, who was not perfect in this kind of exercise. Every soldier, therefore, fixed a post firmly in the ground, about the height of six feet. Against this, as against a real enemy, the recruit was exercised with the above mentioned arms, as it were with the common shield and sword, sometimes aiming at the head or face, sometimes at the sides, at others endeavoring to strike at the thighs or legs. He was instructed in what manner to advance and retire, and in short how to take every advantage of his adversary; but was thus above all particularly cautioned not to lay 84 himself open to his antagonist while aiming his stroke at him.

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Chicago: "The Military Institutions of the Romans, Book 1: The Post-Exercise," Roots of Strategy: A Collection of Military Classics in Roots of Strategy: A Collection of Military Classics, ed. Thomas R. Phillips (Harrisburg, PA: The Military Service Publishing Company, 1940), Original Sources, accessed May 30, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=UHXSAAA17LQKR53.

MLA: . "The Military Institutions of the Romans, Book 1: The Post-Exercise." Roots of Strategy: A Collection of Military Classics, in Roots of Strategy: A Collection of Military Classics, edited by Thomas R. Phillips, Harrisburg, PA, The Military Service Publishing Company, 1940, Original Sources. 30 May. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=UHXSAAA17LQKR53.

Harvard: , 'The Military Institutions of the Romans, Book 1: The Post-Exercise' in Roots of Strategy: A Collection of Military Classics. cited in 1940, Roots of Strategy: A Collection of Military Classics, ed. , The Military Service Publishing Company, Harrisburg, PA. Original Sources, retrieved 30 May 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=UHXSAAA17LQKR53.