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The most common Roman shield was called a scutum, the Latin word for shield. The Roman scutum was constructed in a rectangular and semi-cylindrical design. This curved shape would protect Roman soldiers along the front and sides. Roman shields were used by legionnaires to deflect ranged weapons like spears and to protect them in close combat. As time went by, Roman oval shields began to be used as well by foot soldiers and cavalry troops. We carry excellent decorative and functional Roman shields in various shapes and sizes. Many of these legionnaire shields, centurion shields, and gladiator shields display intricate artwork showing laurels, wings, scorpions, and other symbols. We also carry Roman shield bosses that can provide additional detail to your metal or wooden shield.