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Reenactors at Carlisle
Cohors V Gallorum, Legio VI Victrix,
Legio VIII Augusta and Legio XIIII GMV

Carlisle Castle, 10th June 2000

Cohors V Gallorum
Army Reenactment
Legio VI Victrix
Army Reenactment
Legio VIII Augusta
Army Reenactment
Legio XIIII GMV
Army Reenactment

A Day out for the Webmaster

Well, I can't always just be sitting in front of my pc, typing about Rome. So instead, here's a more lighthearted look at the Roman world, as I decided to visit a historical display at Carlisle Castle.
The old city of Carlisle (Roman name Luguvallium) was once the setting for a large Roman cavalry base called Uxellodunum at the western end of Hadrian's Wall in the north of England.
As for me, I was merely armed with a cheap and cheerful recyclable one-time-use camera.

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Here some of them are in Carlisle Castle's old inner courtyard (note the old Norman walls behind).
On the left: note the signifer carrying the signum standard.
On the right: at the back you see the optio, carrying the staff with which he could keep regular soldiers in line.

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Quite a show ! Here they recreate an army ceremony in honour of the god Jupiter.

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On the right you see a Centurion noisily barking some of his troops into line. On the left: Off they march !

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Here's an example of the heavy leather tents in which the old legionaries would
sleep in their fortified camps.

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There wasn't only first and second century armour to be seen.
On the left, next to a Syrian archer, we see a third century cavalryman carrying a vexillum.
On the right: a third century centurion. Note the centurion's rod in his hands.

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Trust them, to bring a catapult with 'em ! Then again the 15th century reenactors
who'd also come for the historic displays arrived with a cannon, so I guess they
were still outgunned. :-)

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On the left: Wow ! Who'd want to mess with him ? A centurion.
On the right: A Roman legionary posing for a photo with yours truly - the Webmaster. :-)

All in all, this was a really nice day out. My thanks to the Cohors V Gallorum, Legio VI Victrix, Legio VIII Augusta and Legio XIIII Gemina Martia Victrix Reenactors. For links to their sites, check out the top of this page.

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