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Tribune

 
 Tribunus
 
Military Tribunes were the Roman equivalent of modern day staff officers.  Unilke the lower legion officers who were promoted from the ranks of common soldiers, Tribunes were posts filled by the social elite of society.  Young sons of senatorial families would become a Tribune for short tour of duty to increase thier notoriaty before assuming the office of Senator. Equipment will greatly differ from that of the rank and file soldier:
 
Helmet: Unlike like rank and file soldiers and officers, Tribunes and those of higher rank wore Attic style helmets based off of the helmets of ancient Greek officers.  These helmets would have had elaborate feather crests or white or red, to distinguish the tribunes wealth and social standing.
 
Armor (Lorica Muscalata): The armor of a Tribune differed from soldiers just as thier helmet did.  Tribunes wore chest protecting plate armor, usually highly decorated with fanciful designs or shaped to resemble the ideal male physique.  Though this armor did protect the Tribune in battle, it was less effective than the armor of line soldiers and officers.
 
Sash (Officers knot): Instead of the heavy and somewhat cumbersome cingulum belt worn by soldiers, Tribunes and higher officers wore a delicate sash of linen or other fine material tied around the waist of thier armor.  This "belt" had no practical use, and was mearly a mark of status.
 
Subarmalis (Sub-Armor): Leather orlinen padding worn under the armor for added protection.  Though worn by all soldiers under thier armor, that of a Tribune would have had long straps at the shoulders and waist (ptgeris) to distinguish rank and for added protection, though this protection was limited.
 
Tunic: As Tribunes were of the senatorial social class, thier military tunics would have been used as a means to further distinguish social class.  White tunics with either broad or narrow purple stripes would help to differentiate between junior and senior tribunes.
 
Cloak: While all soldiers used cloaks for warmth and protection from the elements, those worn by Tribunes would have been more decorative than practical.  Worn clipped over the shoulder, the cloak, much like the rest of the Tribunes gear was a mark of rank.
 
Sword: Tribunes, like all other soldiers still were armed with a sword, though usually prefering to use the longer Spatha instead of the infantry Gladius because they typically fought from horseback.  The swords of higher officers were usually highly decorated and were worn on the left side suspended by a thin decorated strap.
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