Roman Carnelian Intaglio 2nd-3rd cent.AD depicting 2 Eagles 18 Kt Gold Ring
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The eagles are of great importance to the Romans :it was the bird of Jupiter (the king of the Gods.)
It was seen as the symbol for strength, courage and immortality but also of the power of Rome, of the Emperor and of the Empire.
It was also believed to be king of the birds that could fly above the storm.
In Ancient Mythology it was seen as the eagle was the one who carried the souls of humans into the presence of the Gods.
For Romans, the metal eagle attached to a pole was more than just a piece of military hardware that lead an army into war.
In 102 B.C., Gaius Marius decreed that the Eagle alone become the defining emblem of Roman power. For both the Greeks and Romans, eagles were held in high esteem, often being aligned with Zeus and his power. In his Natural History, Pliny the Elder goes one describe how the Eagle was equal to a dragon in power and force.
Originally the eagle was probably made of silver with a golden thunderbolt in its claw. Above the eagle on the standard a gold bar bore the message SPQR (Senatus Populus Romanus), a title that honored the Senate and the people of Rome. While the primary function of the eagle was symbolic (representing not only the legion, but the Roman empire as well), it also proved a strategic tool. In the chaos of battle, troops would often look for the standard to orient their actions, often following commands to not move further than a few steps from it.
For any Roman legion the eagle was its heart and soul.