TENT - roman tent triva
jyeates at realtime.net
Tue Feb 1 10:47:29 PST 2000
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working through a new pile of reading materials ...
from _The Barbarians Speak_, Peter S. Wells ... on roman empire and
expansion into temperate europe as it affected the "barbarian
cultures" (primarily germanic and gaulic/celtic).
he notes that the roman legions (primarily auxillaries) stationed
along the frontiers were expected to equip themselves from local
resources. this led to a explosion in the livestock industries of
the areas as the leather needs were immense - 54,000 calf skins per
legion to build the field tents they required (on top of other
leather needs ...). in turn led to a abundance of meat allowing
rapid population growth that had been in decline previously.
full biblio review of this and several related works will appear in a
couple weeks in more appropriate areas.
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