Itinerary for Ravaging Romans

Itinerary:

830-915: Arrival, registration, meet and greet

915-945: Participants arrive and are organised into different units to build and reinforce a standard roman fortified camp. We’ll use cardboard boxes, tarps, rope and loose parts to create a wall, organised camp, kitchen and supplies areas

945-1015: The Roman Empire, conquering the world! Using chalk and ground mapping Dave will describe the expansion and history of the Roman Empire and the consequent social, technological and architectural changes that ensued.

1015-1045: Morning tea

1045-1145: Shields, pilum and gladius. Each Roman soldier had a standard kit, and we’ll use paints to decorate our shields and weapons, including learning our Roman numerals so we can indicate which legion, cohort and maniple we belong to.

1145-1215: Roman myths and legends. Dave will tell a famous story from Roman myth, and describe the pantheon of Roman gods and goddesses, their role in Roman life and the impact they have had on our world including the planets.

1230-1330: Lunch

1330-1430: Roman military formations and combat skills. The Romans were famous for complicated and sophisticated military formations, often using their large interlocking shields. We’ll learn some of the most characteristic techniques including the iconic testudo, or tortoise.

This section will also involve a demonstration of Roman fighting using steel weapons by trained stunt fighters.

1430-1515: Civil War! The Roman Empire was often riven by civil conflict. Our camp is being attacked by a rebel legion! In teams participants will engage in a ranged weapon duel, one trying to knock down the camp walls and the other protecting their attack using their formation skills. We’ll be using wet sponges for our battle, so bring clothes that can get wet.

1515-1600: Packing up. Romans were fastidiously clean, and so they packed up their camps leaving no trace. We’ll break camp and remove all traces, so our enemies can’t get a handle on our numbers and movements.