Reenactment Event at Birdoswald
Birdoswald, 30th June 2005
A nice example of Roman female dress here. The long sleeved tunic covered with a brown stola which is clasped at the shoulder with a Celtic broach. Slung over these garments the lady wears a dark green woolen palla cloak.
Two more nice examples of ladies in tunica, stola and palla. The lady on the left has drawn her palla over her head to keep the wind and rain out.
A 'vexillarius' (standard bearer of the 'vexillum' standard) takes a moment's rest. A trumpeter (cornicen) walks by, accompanied by an auxiliary.
Some legionaries wearing the famous segmented armour (lorica segmentata) in all their glory. The armour would indeed be as polished as seen here as this aided enemy blows glance off more easily.
Two examples showing the improved mobility of a legionary once he had rid himself of his pack. On the left, two legionaries go by, each with a shield and pilum. Whereas, on the right two march past carrying all their kit. The gear they carry weighs quite a lot, which easily explains the legionaries ancient nickname; Marius' mules.
A good example of an auxiliary soldier. Note, the auxiliary was armed with a stabbing spear (hasta), not a the famous pilum, and his shield was oval, allowing him better manoeuverability over rough ground. If the legionary formed the battlefield's heavy infantry, the the auxiliary was the lightly armed skirmisher or fast response unit.
Two fine examples of the troop marching by. They really are quite a sight when in full swing.
Well, I hope you enjoyed that little display. My thanks to the reenactors of the Ermine Street Guard for a great photo opportunity.