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Roman Legion - Legio VI Ferrata

Багерман А.Я., Евсеенков А.С.

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Legio VI Ferrata The Sixth Iron Legion was a Roman legion formed during the Republic by Gaius Julius Caesar.

Date of existence: The Legion was created by Gaius Julius Caesar in 52 BC and lasted until the 4th century AD.

Symbols: Bull and Capitoline she-wolf with babies Romulus and Remus.

Nickname: Cognomen "Ferrata" translates to iron, armored. Apparently, this nickname was given to the legion for its courage and perseverance in the battles in which it took part. Later - Fidelis Constans ("ever faithful").

Battle Path

There are two versions of the origin of this legion.

1) Legion created Gaius Julius Caesar in 52 BC.

2) Legion created Gnaeus Pompeius the Great in 52 BC.

Most authors stick to the date when the legion was created by Caesar during his famous Gallic War (52-50 BC).

6th Legion Memorial Plaque
Fragment of an excavation at the site of the 6th Legion in Legio. Israel. 1st-2nd century AD

Related topics

List of Roman Legions, Legion, Legionnaire, Legio V Macedonica, Legio X Fretensis, Gaius Julius Caesar, Gnaeus Pompey the Great, Mark Antony, Octavian Augustus, Marcus Ulpius Nerva Trajan, Year of the Four Emperors, Year of the Five Emperors