The mile is actually 1000 paces for a troop of Roman soldiers (a pace is the distance between when the same foot comes down, so two steps). Comes from the Latin word for 1000. We also know that a person’s pace is pretty close to their height (at least for a vigorous young to middle aged person). So we know that the average Roman soldier was about 5.28 feet tall. Five foot three or a bit above.
July 31, 2013