2005-10-01

Centesimus Quinquagesimus

This is my 150th article here. I've officially run out of words!



Oh, alright then: Roman centurions were so called because they commanded a unit of 100 soldiers that marched in a 10x10 formation. Of course, this was on the way to battle. I'd like to know what the rules were for marching back with a lower number that doesn't have an integer (a whole number) for a square root.

2 Comments:

Anonymous sarah said...

Hey, you linked me!:)

14:40  
Blogger The Paranoid Mod said...

Presumably they just cut off an arm or leg or three until you had the right square consisting of exactly 7.84 x 7.84 men.
A bit harsh, but those Romans were thorough.

11:08  

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