Propaganda In King Arthur
They battled on a flat plain near Hadrian’s Wall in cold weather which made fighting very difficult. Although the producers of the film claim King Arthur is historically accurate, their portrayal of Roman armory and weaponry, of Hadrian’s Wall and of the military were not portrayed as well as they claim. Roman armory and weaponry was very successful for its time, but the producers have failed to include some very important aspects of it. Legionary soldiers wore fairly light armor with very protective, articulated and yet flexible metal plates stitched together (Roberts, 2009, 38). However, in scene three of the film, two Roman legionaries get shot through the chest and are killed, clearly not equipped with the protective armor Romans had as depicted historically. The weapons used are somewhat accurate. The Roman soldiers principally used pila, or javelins, instead of swords (Odijk, 1989, pp.). Swords were their secondary weapon, not their primary one, and should be suspended from a belt together with a knife (Strong, 1997, 12). The Roman weapons were of high quality, as they were made of steel.