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Quote of the Day: November 23, 2011

"In the 2nd century BC, in order to field an army of around 130,000 men, the Romans not only depended heavily on their Italian allies, but also enlisted around 13% of their own adult male citizens. The call-up fell disproportionately on the young. To sustain an army of such a size required the regular enrolment of 60% of all 17-year-olds for seven years."

--Christopher Kelly, The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction

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