Roman Shields and Roman Scutums
The Roman shield was called a Scutum which is the Latin word for shield. The shape of the Roman shield was retangular and semi cylindrical. This curved shape would protect the Roman soldiers in the front and sides. Roman shields were used by the Roman Army to deflect missiles targeted at the soldiers, as well as protect them from the impact of hand held weapons yielded at them. As time went by Roman shields took more of an oval flat shape. Medieval Collectibles carries full sized and functional Roman shields of all types. Most of our Roman shields have a boss in the center with intricate designs coming from it.