Plutarch's Life of Tiberius Gracchus 9.4-5 on the homeless soldiers of Rome: "The wild animals that range over Italy have a cave, and there is a lair for each of them to enter, but those who fight and die for Italy have a share in the air and nothing else, they are called the masters of the earth, but, having no house or abode, they wander about with wives and children." -Tiberius Grachuss -
Typical equipment of the Roman legionnaire. Only Roman citizens could sign up for the army. They had to be fit. They were not allowed to marry. Their armor gave them excellent protection. They carried a curved shield. They could punch the enemy with the metal boss in the center.