• Ancient Rome
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Just prior to The Marian Reforms of 107 B.C. - the old Accensi Infantry class of soldiers were replace by The Velites. Much like their earlier counterparts, they were 4th/5th Class soldiers (poor). Although somewhat better armed (now by virtue of The Roman Government). Still, their equipment was low grade. Equipped with shield, spear or javelin - they were sometimes used as a screening element for front line troops. Their spear or javelins (when thrown), could break up a charging enemy. They were also used to engage War Elephants and Chariots. Due to their mobility on the battlefield and their ranged weapons, they were very effective (when guided properly). An early Pre-Marian Roman Army would have around 1,000 Velites assigned to it. Velites were eventually disbanded in favor of the greater use of Auxilia forces after 107 B.C.