Caerleon Net


Pre Roman


Post Roman


1840 Tithe Survey

Parish Records

Articles From Gwent Local History Journal

Caerleon Net





Local Information


The Roman Army In Caerleon King Arthur Parish Records Directories History Index Home

Standards and Standard Bearers

signifer and signumvexillarius and vexillum

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.

cornicen and cornuimagnifer and imago

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.