How tall was the average Roman

Huge At least 1.88 meters for life guards

The Roman cohort is formed for a sporty and fair exchange of blows. Opposite her is the bodyguard of the Prussian soldier king. At a military-historical Olympiad, that gives a bizarre picture. Because the ancient Romans were on average not much taller than 1.50 meters. The original "Langen Kerls" by Friedrich Wilhelm I, on the other hand, measured at least 1.88 meters. And because of their pointed headgear, these soldiers looked even bigger. The tallest tall guy is likely to have been an Irishman named James Kirkland, who is said to have reached six feet.

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It is unclear how the man from the Green Island got into Prussian service. It is well known, however, that the soldier king Friedrich Wilhelm I had his bodyguards on the lookout for huge men across Europe. So it is not that there were too many giants among the Prussians. However, about a millennium earlier there was a West Slavic tribal association that went down in history as Wilzen. Some believe that the name derives from the Slavic term for large. That is quite conceivable. In Polish, for example, wielki means big.
As is well known, the legendary world of Brandenburg is also full of giants. Apart from the hills that they are said to have piled up, there are no traces of them. Not a bone! But 2,028 years ago, so it is handed down from the Roman Empire, there was a momentous encounter between a military leader and a rather tall woman on the Elbe. Historian Cassius Dio reports about it.
It was therefore a gigantic Germanic seer who opposed the Drusus on the Elbe. That was in the year 9 BC. The emphasis here is on "huge". To a Drusus about 1.50 to 1.60 meters high, a woman of 1.70 meters would have appeared very tall. Since the Teutons generally towered over the Romans in height by about a head length, a 1.70 meter tall woman should not have been considered gigantic.
Just imagine how steep the Drusus would have had to look if a man like James Kirkland had stepped across from him. Incidentally, this Irishman is not the only giant from the Emerald Isle. A few decades after him, Charles Byrne was flaunting in London. On the basis of his preserved skeleton, one knows that Byrne is about 2.30 meters tall.
It is very likely that the two Irish suffered from gigantism, which is gigantic stature that may have been in their genes. That James Kirkland and Charles Byrne could have the same ancestor is conceivable, but not proven, since Kirkland's bones have not been preserved. Thanks to Byrne's skeleton, science (Queen Mary University of London and Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz) discovered a gene mutation about eight years ago. A related article from back then can be found on
It was found that Charles Byrne carried the same mutation found in Irish patients alive today. Calculations have shown that the original mutation occurred around 1,500 years ago and has been passed on from one generation to the next since then.
Since giant growth is not an Irish phenomenon, but occurs worldwide, mutations and heredities could also have occurred in Central Europe, where posterity has learned about the bones of an extremely tall person. According to the tradition of Georg Sabinus (1508-1560) from Brandenburg, he was buried on the Marienberg. After all, Sabinus was the founding rector of the University of Königsberg in 1544. So not a weirdo, as one should think.
The historian and grammar school teacher Moritz Wilhelm Heffter (1792-1873) included his tradition in his "History of the Kur- und Hauptstadt Brandenburg" published in 1840. As can be read in it, the dead man from Marienberg was a Slavic prince. Its size is attested by bones, "which lie in the graves; for in my time the tombs were secretly opened on the orders of the Brandenburg bishop Hieronymus, in one of which bones so large that the shins of them were found up to the waist of a person." of mediocre stature went ". Heffter rejoiced: "Such a huge family used to live in our corridors!".

Superhuman size

The meeting of the Roman military leader with the seer on the Elbe is also mentioned in the real dictionary of Germanic antiquity (Johanns Hoops / 1865-1949). We are talking about a woman of superhuman size. It had evidently been able to convince Drusus that further advance was not destined for him by fate. He actually turned back.