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[1] Hasta, hastati

In the Roman army of the middle Republic, the hasta served primarily as a thrust lance for close combat although it could also be thrown; it had a wooden shaft and an iron point. The hasta was adapted to the fighting style of the  phalanx, but it remained in use when, in the 4th cent. BC, the Romans adopted a more flexible set-up in maniples ( manipulus ). According to Livy (Liv. 8,8,5-13), whose ac…

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Campbell, J. Brian (Belfast), Paulus, Christoph Georg (Berlin), Siebert, Anne Viola (Hannover), Salomone Gaggero, Eleonora (Genoa), Barceló, Pedro (Potsdam) and Petraccia Lucernoni, Maria Federica (Milan), “Hasta”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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