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Classical authors divided the Celto-Iberian infantry in two distinct groups, the caetrati, light troops that excelled at skirmishes and ambush, named after the small buckler known by the Romans as caetra. the second group were the heavier scutari, more commonly know as scutati or scutarii, named for the scutum they carried; an oblong, curved shield of Celtic origin that covered almost all of the body; the same shield design the Roman army adopted for its legions.

While the lighter caetrati was the embodiment of Hispanic warfare in the use of javelins, and clever hit-and-run tactics, the scutarii seem to have formed the line of defense of larger Hispanic forces, being more heavily armed, and possibly having a preference for large spears for hand-to-hand, with the famous Hispanic swords, such as the falcata or gladius hispaniensis, as a side arm, alongsided the javelins that Hispanic warriors were known for, such as the dreaded soliferrum. Since the Celto-Iberians were divided into several tribes, there was no strict uniformity in equipment and the quality and nature of it depended on the tribe and wealth of the individual. What its certain however is that the scutarii sacrificed the mobility and flexibility of the caetra for the capacity to hold the enemy in check.

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