tion to their improvement. They were for the most part used to make a show of strength, thus impressing the enemy with fear, or to aid in constructing fortifications, or similar work. Cæsar never placed much dependence on them for actual battle. As they were usually posted on the wings of the army, they were often called alarii.
B. G. I, 51 III, 25.
The light-armed auxiliaries (Fig. 8) wore a short jerkin, or jacket, of leather, without the corselet; and they carried a light, round shield (parma) instead of the heavy scutum. The archers had neither corselet, helmet, nor shield, as their bow and quiver would prevent their carrying them. Their arms were protected by very thick sleeves.
§ 18. Originally in the Roman army a body of cavalry, about 300 strong, of Roman citizens, was attached to each
B. G. I, 15; V, 5.