|Mark D. Ruffner | Metropolitan Museum of Art|
Moving down, the shield is modeled after an actual design used by one of the Roman legions, below, though it would have been a bright red. Note the Macedonian stars, about which I spoke here.
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The round shield was called a parma, and it would have offered less protection than the body-length shield on the right, which was called a scutum. The soldier holding the scutum would have been in a tight formation in front of the soldier holding the parma.
|U. S. Military Shoulder Patches of the United States Armed Forces, 5th Edition|
Above are several insignia of the United States Army, and one can see here the influence of Roman design into our contemporary time. From left to right: the 17th Field Artillery Brigade, the 18th Field Artillery Brigade, the 30th Field Artillery Regiment, and the 197th Field Artillery Brigade.
The base of the stand continues the Imperial Roman theme with a golden eagle, in turn supported by lion claws.
Below is the finished Left Trophy Wall.
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Next week we'll look at the right wall, which has the same format, but completely different details.