Etymology of Legion

Seen in the Latin words legio, legiōnis, to describe a group of fierce fighters in reference to the Roman Legion, constructed by the verb legĕre, which is interpreted as ‘selecting or choosing’, as well as for ‘reading’ in other contexts, with roots in the Indo-European *leg-, for ‘to gather’. The members of these clans respond as ‘legionaries’. Although a legion has the connotations of selection, quality, and dedication, originally this concept reached all Roman defenders, encompassing the various battle divisions.

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