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The Scutum, or shield, was the main form of body protection of the Roman soldiers. It served the purpose to deflect missiles targeted at the soldiers, as well as protect them from the impact of hand held weapons yielded at them. The shields large size allowed the soldiers to form a "tustudo' or shield wall that could protect them during an advance.  This is a full size reproduction aprox 30*42 inches.  The design is used by many Batavian reenactors.