Thursday, 2 December 2010

Roman Rust



On yesterday's walk I came across a rather plain rusty iron, six bar gate that reminded me of Roman armour.  It is now thought that on a long campaign the legionaries would let their armour rust a little and then rub it with some oil.  This would have created a solid rust and iron patina that would protect the iron underneath from further corrosion.  The shiny 'lorica segmantata' [the armoured segmented tunic] seen on films, such as Gladiator, would only have been seen where the legionary had the time to clean and polish the armour.

2 comments:

  1. Lovely close-up of some rust.

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  2. Hi Richard,

    One can only imagine how frightening it must have been, to have an army of centurians marching towards you, all suited up in armour, with shield and sword

    Yvonne

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