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An aquilifer was a senior signifer bearing the eagle standard of a Roman legion. The name derives from the type of standard, aquila meaning "eagle" (which was the universal type used since 104 BC), and fers, related to the Latin word for bringing or carrying. Before that time, the wolf, boar, bull and horse were also used. The eagle standard was the most important possession of the legion and its loss was a terrible disgrace.

This Roman standard bearer is wearing a wolf headdress. As he leads his brothers in arms into battle, the Roman legions carry the honor of their ancestry - the wolf that saved their founders - into battle.