Legio II Cyrenaica
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|Circumference||Diameter||USA||UK||French & German||Italian|
|46.81 mm||14.90 mm||3.75||H||47.00||7.00|
|47.44 mm||15.10 mm||4.00||H ½||47.50||7.50|
|48.07 mm||15.30 mm||4.25||I||48.00||8.00|
|48.69 mm||15.50 mm||4.50||I ½||48.50||8.50|
|49.32 mm||15.70 mm||4.75||J||49.50||9.50|
|49.95 mm||15.90 mm||5.00||J ½||50.00||10.00|
|50.58 mm||16.10 mm||5.25||K||50.50||10.50|
|51.21 mm||16.30 mm||5.50||K ½||51.00||11.00|
|51.84 mm||16.50 mm||5.75||L||52.00||12.00|
|52.46 mm||16.70 mm||6.00||L ½||52.50||12.50|
|53.09 mm||16.90 mm||6.25||M||53.00||13.00|
|54.72 mm||17.10 mm||6.50||M ½||54.00||14.00|
|54.35 mm||17.30 mm||6.75||N||54.50||14.50|
|54.98 mm||17.50 mm||7.00||N ½||55.00||15.00|
|55.61 mm||17.70 mm||7.25||O||55.75||15.75|
|56.23 mm||17.90 mm||7.50||O ½||56.25||16.25|
|56.86 mm||18.10 mm||7.75||P||57.00||17.00|
|57.49 mm||18.30 mm||8.00||P ½||57.25||17.25|
|58.12 mm||18.50 mm||8.25||Q||58.00||18.00|
|58.75 mm||18.70 mm||8.50||Q ½||58.50||18.50|
|59.38 mm||18.90 mm||8.75||R||59.50||19.50|
|60.00 mm||19.10 mm||9.00||R ½||60.00||20.00|
|60.63 mm||19.30 mm||9.25||S||60.50||20.50|
|61.26 mm||19.50 mm||9.50||S ½||61.25||21.25|
|61.89 mm||19.70 mm||9.75||T||62.00||22.00|
|62.52 mm||19.90 mm||10.00||T ½||62.50||22.50|
|63.15 mm||20.10 mm||10.25||U||63.00||23.00|
|63.77 mm||20.30 mm||10.50||U ½||64.00||24.00|
|64.40 mm||20.50 mm||10.75||V||64.25||24.25|
|65.03 mm||20.70 mm||11.00||V ½||65.00||25.00|
|65.66 mm||20.90 mm||11.25||W||65.50||25.50|
|66.29 mm||21.10 mm||11.50||W ½||66.50||26.50|
|66.92 mm||21.30 mm||11.75||X||67.00||27.00|
|67.54 mm||21.50 mm||12.00||X ½||67.50||27.50|
|68.17 mm||21.70 mm||12.25||Y||68.00||28.00|
|68.80 mm||21.90 mm||12.50||Y ½||69.00||29.00|
|69.43 mm||22.10 mm||12.75||Z||69.50||29.50|
|70.06 mm||22.30 mm||13.00||Z ½||70.00||30.00|
Legio II Cyrenaica, known as the Second Cyrene Legion, was a vital part of the Roman military machine during the height of the empire. While many of their campaigns were notable, one particular event stands out in their storied history.
In the 3rd century AD, during the reign of Emperor Septimius Severus, the Roman Empire was facing internal strife and external threats. The eastern frontier, in particular, was in turmoil. The Sassanid Empire, a formidable rival, sought to expand its influence in the region and challenge Rome's dominance.
Emperor Severus, himself born in Leptis Magna, a city in the province of Cyrenaica, recognized the importance of the region and called upon Legio II Cyrenaica, a legion with deep ties to the area, to defend Roman interests.
Under the command of General Gaius Octavius Diocles, Legio II Cyrenaica embarked on a challenging campaign to secure the eastern frontier. The legion's journey was marked by arduous desert crossings, fierce skirmishes with nomadic tribes, and the relentless advance of the Sassanid forces.
In a climactic battle near the city of Hatra, Legio II Cyrenaica faced the full might of the Sassanid army. Outnumbered and under intense pressure, the legionaries held their ground with unyielding determination. General Diocles, a charismatic and inspiring leader, urged his troops forward, bolstering their resolve.
After days of intense fighting, the Roman legion achieved a stunning victory. The Sassanid forces were forced to retreat, and Hatra remained under Roman control. This triumph was a pivotal moment in the conflict with the Sassanids and secured the eastern frontier for Rome.
Emperor Severus recognized the legion's exceptional service by granting them the title "Cyrenaica" and showering them with honors and rewards. General Diocles, too, received accolades for his leadership and unwavering commitment to Rome.
The legacy of Legio II Cyrenaica serves as a testament to the resilience and bravery of Roman legionnaires. Their dedication to the empire and their ability to achieve victory against formidable odds in a challenging environment stand as a testament to the strength of Rome's military tradition.