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The Parma was used by legionnaires in the Early Republican period of Rome's history by the lowest class division of the army— the Velites. The Velites' equipment consisted of a parma, javelin, sword and helmet. Later, the parma was replaced by the body length scutum.
In the Pyrrhic dance it was raised above the head and struck with a sword so as to emit a loud ringing noise.
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