Romans - Legionary

Ancient Rome: 27BC-200 AD




The Legionaries or infantry soldiers wore the Imperial Gallic style of helmet.  Though the helmets evolved in many ways and were called by different names over the years, they maintained their basic design of cheek guards, neck guards, and brow guard. Officers wore a crest atop their helmets.   Legionaries signed up for 25 years and upon retirement received money or a small plot of land.  The formidable Roman army instilled fear as they toppled one city after another with their siege weapons.  The Empire, at its largest around mid 1 st century AD extended from Europe, to Egypt, and into Persia.


A legionary helmet found in the Rhine River is on display in the museum of Andreasstift, near Worms, Germany.



Paper version

Gray construction paper (12 in. x 18 in.) - 3 pieces

Tape (clear packing tape)

Glue stick or glue



Duct tape version

Brown paper grocery bag

Gray duct tape 1 each

Scissors bandage scissors or other sharp scissors work best for cutting duct tape


Other options:

Laminate construction paper - to extend the life of the hat (buy by the roll and buy good quality). Low quality laminate will separate from paper quickly.

Foam sheets large (12 in. x 18 in.) or by the roll (18 in. x 72 in.)   Tape on the inside when possible, use transparent duct tape on exterior when necessary.