For most soldiers, the army was a job for life. When he retired, a soldier could become a Roman citizen. A soldier lived in a fort with 500 or even 1,000 others. As well as fighting the enemy, each had a specific job to do - cook, doctor, blacksmith or other craftsmen.

First broadcast:
14 November 2008

Using the clip as a stimulus, children could write a diary entry as a day in the life of a Roman soldier. They could consider what activities they would do to train and how these are similar and different to soldiers today. The clip could also be used to further pupils' own research into the Romans.