THE AUXILIARY INFANTRY.
§ 17. The auxiliaries (auxiliares) were raised from subject or allied states by enlistment, by conscription, and by
treaty. Of course in no case were they Roman citizens.
Among the auxiliaries obtained by voluntary enlistment
were the light-armed troops (milites levis armaturae, Fig. 8),
used for skirmishing or rapid movements for which the heavily
loaded legionaries were hardly adapted (§ 46). Then there
were the slingers (funditores, Fig. 8), casters of stones and
leaden balls, those from the Balearic Islands being especially
skilful ; and the archers (sagitlarii), often from Crete or
Fig. 8. a. Slinger. — b. Light-armed soldier. — c. Legionary on the march. — d. Legionary ready for battle. — e. Light-armed soldier.
Of the organization of the auxiliaries conscripted or supplied by the allies, little is known definitely. We may infer
that it would depend much upon the nation ; but in case of
long service the Roman general doubtless gave some atten
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Book title: Caesar's Army: A Study of the Military Art of the Romans in the Last Days of the Republic.
Contributors: Harry Pratt Judson. - Author.
Publisher: Biblo and Tannen.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1961.
Page number: 18.
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