In the equipment that he devised for the troops in battle he included a red cloak, because he believed this garment to have least resemblance to women's clothing and to be most suitable for war, and a brass shield, because it is very soon polished and tarnishes very slowly.1 He also permitted men who were past their first youth to wear long hair, believing that it would make them look taller, more dignified and more terrifying.
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