The Roman Army A to Z: globus

globus (m. pl. globi)

Literally ‘a crowd’ or even perhaps (given the humorous names used for battlefield formations) ‘a dumpling’. A detached formation, free to attack any part of the enemy line. It was countered with a larger globus. Fest. s.v.; Veg., DRM 3.19; Aul. Gell. 10.9.1. [Cowan 2007]