Loculus (satchel)

Loculus (satchel)

Loculus is a Latin word literally meaning "little place" and was used in a number of senses including to indicate a satchel. Satchels were carried by legionaries, as a part of their "sarcina" or luggage.

No loculus has survived in entirety although some small portions of leather found at Bar Hill (Strathclyde, Scotland) have tentatively been identified as parts of a loculus. The object is primarily known from illustrations on Trajan's Column.

The loculus is thought to have measured about 45 cm (18 inches) by 30 cm (12 inches) and was likely made from leather. It is just the right size to be made in one piece from a single goat hide although calf leather is also possible. The bag is reinforced by diagonal straps, in the centre of the front of the bag these straps held a bronze ring with a mushroom shaped stud that holds the triangular flap closed. At the top corners were two plain bronze rings used to suspend the bag while it is carried on the carrying pole or furca.

The loculus was probably used to store rations and a legionary's personal effects.

There have been many attempts to reconstruct the loculus for historical reenactment [http://www.larp.com/legioxx/satchel.jpgimage] .

External links

* [http://www.roman-britain.org/places/bar_hill.htm Antonine Wall Fort & Camp: Bar Hill, Dunbarton, Strathclyde]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать курсовую

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Satchel — may refer to the following:* Satchel (bag), a carrying bag such as for school books ** Satchel charge, an explosive device typically carried in such a container ** Loculus (satchel), a Roman Legionary s satchel * Satchel Paige, a baseball pitcher …   Wikipedia

  • Loculus — is a Latin word literally meaning little place and is (or was) used in a number of senses.*Loculus (satchel) *Loculus (architecture) a burial niche. *Loculus of Archimedes a mathematical puzzle similar to tangrams …   Wikipedia

  • Sarcina — [ Trajan s Column.] Sarcina is a Latin word meaning a marching pack as carried by Roman Legionaries, the heavy infantry of the Roman legions.Most of a legionary s equipment other than his arms and armour would, in early times, have been consigned …   Wikipedia

  • Roman military personal equipment — was produced in large numbers to established patterns and used in an established way. These standard patterns and uses were called the res militaris or disciplina . Its regular practice during the Roman Republic and Roman Empire led to military… …   Wikipedia

  • Ancient Roman military clothing — The legions of the Roman Republic and Empire wore fairly standardised dress and armour. However the concept of uniforms was not part of their culture and there were considerable differences in detail. Even the armour mass produced in state… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”