Standards and Standard Bearers
Above left: Each century had its own
standard, called a signum. This was carried by the signifer.
Above right: When a detachment was sent out they took a vexillum, a flag type standard. This showed which Legion they belonged to. It was carried by the vexillarius.
Above left: Standards
helped the troops to keep in the right positions during battle.
The cornicen also gave commands by sounding different signals on
his large circular horn called a cornu.
Above right: The Legion carried a portrait of the emperor, the imago, this was to remind the troops they owed their loyalty to him. The bearer was called the imaginifer.
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