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

Day 3 -

Sunday

A grey morning greets
A grey morning greets the Roman city.
Those who had remained in the tents had damp feet...
Those who had remained in the tents had damp feet...
…but others had chosen for a solid roof!
…but others had chosen for a solid roof!
Of course, that did not mean that everybody remained dry!
Of course, that did not mean that everybody remained dry!

The night from Saturday to Sunday had been awful. Towards the morning we had strong winds, torrential rain, it seemed more link October than the middle of the summer!

pillaging the local's huts

An often cold and sometimes wet awakening for the Romans, especially those who had spent the night in the tents.

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)

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

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

pillaging the local's huts
After lunch, despite the rain, most of the soldiers gathered outside the basilica to march through the entire park. I think that was a particular proud moment – all of us neglecting the rain, laughing at mud, rust and ignoring that just a few visitors had dared to visit the park to come and watch us – I guess we marched more for ourselves at that moment.

The cuneus marches!
The cuneus marches!


The presentation inside the arena went better than yesterday. After the march we gather at a wet forum, because the arena was flooded in places, making it impossible to do our presentation there. We formed a fulcum, to be pelted with mock plumbatae. Then we formed the cuneus which, slow but unstoppable, culminated in a wild charge at (and almost into) the public!

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

Forced indoors, the members of Legio I Germanica performed their show at close range to the public.
Forced indoors, the members of Legio I Germanica performed their show at close range to the public.
Of course, throwing your plumbatae can be tricky inside! Ivan..
Of course, throwing your plumbatae can be tricky inside! Ivan..

..with plumbatae on the inside of his shield.
Cesar as a third-century legionary, with the large scutum with the god painted on it.
Cesar as a third-century legionary, with the large scutum with the god painted on it.
Guard of the Septimani seniores.
Guard of the Septimani seniores.

The rain did not let up, so we had to move indoors for the remainder of the event. First, the ‘fashion show through the ages’ was performed within the front hall of the baths basilica. It was maybe a bit dark, but that was made up by the very close distance between the soldiers and the public.

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


The basilica was not suitable for the rest of the program, so the Herculiani and Foederati moved into the covered area next to the main building. Dry for the public and useable for manoeuvres.

... a good chat... ... a game... Albiniaanus!!! .. a quick nap.
The rest of the army also gathered, for a good chat, a game, some naughtiness (Albiniaanus!!!) or a quick nap before donning armour for the next part of the program, the battle.

Towards

15.00-15.30 The Big Fight (Teuxandrii, I Minerva, Batavi, & Dun Gwalch)
Due to the wet conditions (it continued to pour outside), the fight was also held indoors. Of course, that meant we could no longer do a single large battle, so we cut that one up into several duels.


The forces gather. Batavi, Legio I Minerva, federate Teuxandrii and Dun Gwalch. Who’s first? Britons versus Germans..


The champions look each other up and down, then the fight commences.. until one lies dead. Reinforcements from the legion – a draw.


Saxons fight Franks, a sign of things to come (the Franks win), then it’s the British again. Suddenly, their commander lies dead and is hurrried away to safety (hmm.. Avalon?).

Towards

Time for a group portrait!
It's over. The last part of our event has been successfully concluded - time for a group portrait.

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


Once more the army acts as a honour guard for the games. The rain has receded, but the arena is still very damp. Watch out! A dangerous puddle!

With the event over, we began sacking the area. Or was this just a re-enactment of a Late Roman army doing what it normally did? Re-creation of a story that never happened, but just might have in those confused, Late Roman times..

Roman limitanei... .. from Lower Germany and Spain pillaging the local's huts forcing them out on the pretext of looking for hidden weapons..
Roman Limitanei from Germania Secunda and Hispania Citerior start pillaging the local's huts, forcing them out on the pretext of
looking for hidden weapons..
The Spanish troops then go back to patrolling the river. Soon troops from a British usurper turn up.. ..defeat the Spanish troops.. n a short, sharp battle. The Spanish troops are routed.
The Hispanic troops then go back to patrolling the river. Then the Gallic Field Army arrrives, with troops from
a British usurper. They cross the river and defeat the Hispanic troops in a short, sharp battle. The Hispanic troops are routed.
soldiers from the Gallic Field army arrive the British start defending the opposite bank only to be driven back into the houses of the village the comitatenses force their way in The Brits are brutally slaughtered!
Suddenly soldiers from the Italian Praesental Army arrive.. The British start defending the opposite bank, only to be driven
back into the houses of the village, where the Comitatenses force their way in. The Brits are brutally slaughtered!

Towards the end of the afternoon everybody settled down. A reflective visit to the temple, then everybody gathered at the Inn
for the last meal of the weekend. Teuxandrii, Legio I Minerva, Batavi, Legio I Germanica, and Herculiani.

Inside the Nehalennia temple. Montanus the priest makes an offering. Mariken and Garrelt.. The Germans from I Minerva.. Batavi and Fectienses..
A visit to the temple of Nehalennia (oops, no weapons allowed!) before we all get back to the taberna for a well-deserved meal.

The I Germanica and Dutch guests. Carme is a tired empress.... The Foederati and II Herculia..

Housework for an Empress? The goodbye party – – what an event is has been! Evening falls. The first Late Roman Event is over
Housework for an Empress? The goodbye party – what an event is has been! Evening falls. The first Late Roman Event is over.
Hope to see you all again next time!


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