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legion

a regiment of the Roman army, the number of men composing which differed at different times

A legion originally consisted of 3,000 men, but in the time of Christ consisted of 6,000, exclusive of horsemen, who were in number a 10th of the foot-men.

The word is used (Matthew 26:53—“thousand thousands” (millions); Mark 5:9) to express simply a great multitude.

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