Thursday, 2 December 2010

Roman Rust

On yesterday's walk I came across a rather plain rusty iron, six bar gate that reminded me of Roman armour.  It is now thought that on a long campaign the legionaries would let their armour rust a little and then rub it with some oil.  This would have created a solid rust and iron patina that would protect the iron underneath from further corrosion.  The shiny 'lorica segmantata' [the armoured segmented tunic] seen on films, such as Gladiator, would only have been seen where the legionary had the time to clean and polish the armour.


  1. Lovely close-up of some rust.

  2. Hi Richard,

    One can only imagine how frightening it must have been, to have an army of centurians marching towards you, all suited up in armour, with shield and sword