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Roman Legion - Legio V Alaudae

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Legio V Alaudae The Fifth Legion of Larks was a Roman legion formed by Gaius Julius Caesar during the Republic.

Date of creation: circa 52 BC. It lasted until 70 or 87 AD.

Symbol: Elephant. Although the legion is called the Larks, its symbol was an elephant, for the military merit that the legion displayed in 49 BC, during Caesar's African campaign, where it successfully fought the war elephants of the Numidian king Juba I.

Battle Path

Roman legionary badge. First half of the 1st century AD
Denarius of Mark Antony, minted in honor of the Legion of Larks in the 30s BC. e. Private collection
Denarius of Mark Antony, minted in honor of the Legion of Larks in the 30s BC. e. Private collection

Related topics

Legion, Legionnaire

Literature

1. Dandelot-Collins. Legions of Rome.

2. R. Kanya. A brief history of the various legions.

3. Bishop M.C. Legio V Alaudae and the crested lark // Journal of Roman military equipment studies 1990, vol.1, S. 161–164.

4. Strobel K. Die Legio V Alaudae in Moesien // Historia 1988, Bd.37, S. 504–508.

5. Franke T. Legio V Alaudae / Les légions de Rome sous le Haut-Empire. Yann Le Bohec (Ed.). Lyon, 2000, p. 39–48.