Hot! Roman Days: May 2011

While the bulk of Roman-era reenacting is done in Great Britain and elsewhere in Europe, it is a period that is quickly catching on in the United States. Most reenacting units that portray Romans, Celts, and Byzantines tend to participate in so-called “timeline events”, or reenactments where multiple eras of history are on display. However, due to the growing popularity of the period, a few Roman Age-only events have popped up. One such event is Roman Days in Glendale, Maryland.

Two reenacting friends of ours, Chris and Natasha, belong to a Roman reenacting unit, and invited us to come see them at Roman Days this year, especially since it is a period that Marc has been considering getting into. We had a great time as spectators at the event, and we really enjoyed the heavy emphasis on education that one finds in earlier periods of reenacting. Marc spent about half an hour learning to properly throw a Roman-era javelin, and I photographed and filmed an exercise in experimental archaeology in which a handmade, period-accurate ballista fired a bolt at an equally accurate, Roman-era shield to see what would have happened in real circumstances. Experimental archaeology is one of my favourite facets of reenacting, and it’s very common in earlier eras of reenacting (usually 18th century and earlier), and so it was really fun to get to document both the process and the findings.

You can see photos of the event, our friends Chris and Natasha, Marc learning to throw a javelin, and both the ballista and shot shield, in the gallery below. Enjoy! I’ll be posting a video of the experimental archaeology sometime later this week.

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  1. Ah! I was hoping to see the video of this, but can’t find the article! It seems like such a fantastic idea!