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Archeon - Late Roman Event
Friday 29, Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July 2005

Day 2 -

Saturday

Saturday morning, and the Herculiani/Foederati are practising hard.
Saturday morning, bleak, but turning to be sunny. Members of I Minerva on their way to breakfast.
The campsite, where the women of the German troops hang when their men.. yes, where are they?
The campsite, where the women of the German troops wait when their men.. yes, where are they?
Ah, there they are, talking tactics at the lake-side (or are they just hanging out?).
Ah, there they are, talking tactics at the lake-side (or are they just hanging out?).
The Batavi have found cheap transport to cross the Channel back to Britain...
The Batavi have found cheap transport to cross the Channel back to Britain...
Roman morning..
Roman morning..
Saturday morning, and the Herculiani/Foederati are practising hard.
And a very Roman way to enjoy it!

Morning in the Iron Age village.A great morning, first grey, but later sunny and windy. But due to a bad forecast, we weren't expecting that many visitors, who of course feared it would rain and went elsewhere. After breakfast the last details were discussed between the groups leaders, and we started practising for the main events of the day:

12.30-13.15 Parade through the entire park & Presentation in the Arena (all the groups)
13.30-14.00 Fashion Show: Roman Army from 200 BC to 400 AD (I Germanica)
14.15-14.45 Late Roman drill (II Herculia & Foederati)
15.00-15.30 The Big Fight (Teuxandrii, I Minerva, Batavi, Dun Gwalch & Litus Saxonicum)
15.30-16.00 Gladiators (Archeon, most of us as honour guards)

First of course the Herculiani/Foederati, now with all of the latter present, perfected their drill (which looked pretty well perfect to me anyway).

The Herculiani and Celtae seniores are practising hard.
The Herculiani and Celtae seniores are practising hard.
Pius getting ready.
Pius/Patrick getting ready.
A few early visitors are watching the practise. Which was really too bad, as the weather turned better and better..
A few early visitors are watching the practise. Which was really too bad, as the weather turned better and better..
Afterwards, some quick repairs to be made on Arbogast's lorica squamata.
Afterwards, some quick repairs to be made on Arbogast's lorica squamata.
The fulcum, the Late Roman 3-rank deep defensive formation.
The fulcum, the Late Roman 3-rank deep defensive formation.
The practising of a very complicated drill.
The practising of a very complicated drill.
How to fight in the front line. The tribune Anthemius watching Vindex and Arbogast.
How to fight in the front line. The tribune Anthemius watching Vindex and Arbogast.
Vindex.
Vindex/Vincent
Didier.
Didier
Spadinos.
Spadinos/
Alexandre
Arbatio
Arbatio/
Christian
Replenishing plumbatae.
Replenishing plumbatae
Afterwards, discussing the practise and how to improve before the show later on.
Afterwards, discussing the practise and how to improve before the show later on.

12.30-13.15 Parade through the entire park & Presentation in the Arena (all the groups)

This is how the parade would have looked like - a bit.Unfortunately, we don't have pictures of that event. The image here shows the smaller parade from sunday afternoon, which gives you an idea. Too bad, because we looked absolutely great - 50 Late Roman soldiers assembling at the old temple, then marching through the entire park! Lead by a draco and two vexilla, half a century of more or less armoured but splendid looking soldiers marched 'through the ages', surprising the inhabitants of the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages! After that parade we marched straight into the arena, presenting all the groups and performing several formations, such as the cuneus (wedge) and the fulcum (shield wall). Alas, the arena was only filled for one-third of the available seats, but we had good fun nontheless.

13.30-14.00 Fashion Show: Roman Army from 200 BC to 400 AD (I Germanica)

We chose to invite this Spanish group, even though most of them were not equipped as Late Romans, because they uniquely show the development of the Roman soldier from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. Because most members of the public are only aware (if at all) of how the Roman soldier of the 1st-2nd centuries AD looks (with the classic lorica squamata), we thought it a very good idea to make them also aware of the development before and after, up to the Late Roman period. It's the easiest way to make the public comprhend that the Romans did not always look like the popular Hollywood image!

The information stand of Legio I Germanica, which we all thought was very good.
The information stand of Legio I Germanica, which we all thought was very good.
Facing the public.
Facing the public.
Line-up.
Line-up.
Eight men (and our Imperatrix!), the full development of the Roman legionary. And great weather!
Eight men (and an our Imperatrix!), the full development of the Roman legionary. And great weather!
The line-up, from 200BC to 500AD, looking very good!
The line-up, from 250BC to 500AD, looking very good!
First off Cessetanus/Alfred, the hastatus from c.250BC with his Monterfortino helmet, hamata armour and very big scutum.
First off Cessetanus/Alfred, the hastatus from c.250BC with his Monterfortino helmet, hamata armour and very big scutum.
Avitianus/Cesar, legionary from the Flavian period.
Avitianus/Cesar, legionary from the Flavian period.
Tibisius/Quim, optio from the 2nd c. Dacian wars.
Tibisius/Quim, optio from the 2nd c. Dacian wars.
Martialis/Ricard, legionary from the mid-3rd c. AD.
Martialis/Ricard, legionary from the mid-3rd c. AD.
Signanus/Jordi, legionary from the 4th c.
Signanus/Jordi, legionary from the 4th c.
Jordi 92), another 4th c. legionary.
Jordi (2), another 4th c. legionary.
Galla Placidia/ Carme, our 5th c. Empress.
Galla Placidia/ Carme, our 5th c. Empress.
The Empress and her women, Rosa and Carolina.
The Empress and her women, Rosa and Carolina.

14.15-14.45 Late Roman drill (II Herculia & Foederati)

The Herculiani had a very well-developed drill. With the Foederati to aid them to showed the public a well-oiled performance of Late Roman manouevres, with a good piece of drama added! This part of the event showed our main flaw. being with so many groups from all over Europe, it was impossible to perform complicated drills together, at least not without days of practising. The language barrier also played a part there.


Under the weatchful eye of tribune Anthemius/Christian, the centurio Pius/Patrck lined the men up. After the tribune held his speech, there was an incident: Vindex, apparently a Christian soldier, refused to serve and offered his belt to the tribune. Uproar! An insult! Would he be punished? But the tribune, remembering Vindex' brave father, pardoned him and Vindex re-joined the ranks.


The Herculiani practised several close formations and marching drills, such as the defensive stationary fulcum and the mobile testudo…

.. but also the throwing of plumbatae (in front of the fulcum) and the close formation fighting with the sword.

Another formation, the anti-cavalry ‘blockade’ and the formation versus formation ‘pushing’ . All very impressive. You can see that the boys are having great fun!

Some fooling about after the show, in the camp of the Herculiani:


Michel/Anthemius is crowned emperor by his troops, and gracefully accepts.. Will this usurpation be successful?

15.00-15.30 The Big Fight (Teuxandrii, I Minerva, Batavi, Dun Gwalch & Litus Saxonicum)

Legio I Minerva guarding the camp of the Germanic troops.Legio I Minerva guarding the camp of the Germanic troops. The fierce helmet of a Germanic federate..
The fierce helmet of a Germanic federate..
..but he can be quite friendly, too.
..but he can be quite friendly, too.
The defenders, British troops..
The defenders, British troops..
The very good-looking scuta..
The very good-looking scuta..
..of the Late Roman field army.
..of the Late Roman field army.

From right to left Gavin (Teuxandrii), Litus Saxonicum, Dun Gwalch, Legio I Minerva, Mariken (Teuxandrii), Batavi, Dun Gwalch and more Teuxandrii.
Ready for battle. From right to left Gavin (Teuxandrii), Litus Saxonicum, Gawan (Dun Gwalch), Legio I Minerva, Mariken (Teuxandrii), Batavi, Dun Gwalch and more Teuxandrii.

The battle begins. On the right side, British troops with some Alamannic mercenaries and local Gallo-Roman militia.. .. and on the left side the army of the Germanic limes, enhanced with some Frankish federates…The clash of arms is deafening.
The battle begins. On the right side, British troops with some Alamannic mercenaries and local
Gallo-Roman militia and on the left side the army of the Germanic limes, enhanced with some Frankish federates…
The clash of arms is deafening.

Soon the franks defeat the Alamanni and turn the British left flank, while the Gallic militia barely holds the right flank..

Just when the men of Legio I Minerva seem to break through, their Frankish allies are defeated
and the British troops sweep the battlefield until only dead or dying enemies remain.

A final charge towards the public.

15.30-16.00 Gladiators (Archeon, most of us as honour guards)


Late afternoon, the trumpets sound for the beginning of the games. The ‘new emperor’ Anthemius makes his intentions clear – he wants a dynasty!

The troops gather outside the basilica, then guard the dignitaries towards the arena for the gladiator games.

After the usual pagan ceremonies, the gladiators fight their bloody duels. The empress and her general reward the victor.

 

The event is over for the day, let the relaxing begin!

Plumbata session

Dino hunt!

Saturday morning, and the Herculiani/Foederati are practising hard. Saturday morning, and the Herculiani/Foederati are practising hard. Saturday morning, and the Herculiani/Foederati are practising hard. Saturday morning, and the Herculiani/Foederati are practising hard. Saturday morning, and the Herculiani/Foederati are practising hard. Saturday morning, and the Herculiani/Foederati are practising hard. Saturday morning, and the Herculiani/Foederati are practising hard.

Afterwards, some quick repairs to be made for Arbogast's lorica squamata. Afterwards, some quick repairs to be made for Arbogast's lorica squamata. Eight men (and an imperatrix!), the full development of the Roman legionary. And great weather!

Eight men (and an imperatrix!), the full development of the Roman legionary. And great weather! Eight men (and an imperatrix!), the full development of the Roman legionary. And great weather! Saturday morning, and the Herculiani/Foederati are practising hard.

Eight men (and an imperatrix!), the full development of the Roman legionary. And great weather! Saturday morning, and the Herculiani/Foederati are practising hard. Afterwards, some quick repairs to be made for Arbogast's lorica squamata. Saturday morning, and the Herculiani/Foederati are practising hard. Saturday morning, and the Herculiani/Foederati are practising hard. Saturday morning, and the Herculiani/Foederati are practising hard. Saturday morning, and the Herculiani/Foederati are practising hard. Saturday morning, and the Herculiani/Foederati are practising hard.

Next day Sunday, and now we've had some practise..


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