Thursday, August 18, 2005

500 Years of the Roman Army

August 2005
In this photo:
Foreground: 4th century Roman legionary
Middle ground: 3rd century Roman legionary
Background: (with backs to camera) 1st-2nd century Roman legionaries

6 Comments:

At 7:29 pm BST, Blogger Stephen said...

I'm still not convinced by the trousers, you know. At the beginning of the 19th Century it was only just becoming acceptable to wear them for dinner. If the Romans were in them then men's leggings must have been up and down quite a few times over the last 1500 years...

 
At 2:17 am BST, Blogger Olga said...

I just wanted to say that I always love pictures at your blog, Alex!

 
At 3:08 pm BST, Blogger Alex Bordessa said...

Thank you Olga :-) I wanted to have something showing my mosaic-work, but the weather was so horrible, I didn't get the stuff out! Since my next show is early Anglo-Saxon, I don't have the chance for any mosaic pics this season. There's always next year ...

 
At 8:54 pm BST, Blogger Gabriele C. said...

Hm, that chail mail shirt looks a bit flimsy, doesn't it? The ones I've seen on Mediaeval reenactors are more tightly forged. If some big barbarian with a big spatha or an axe came up against that fellow, I'm afraid there would be a hole in the poor boy.

 
At 10:46 pm BST, Blogger Alex Bordessa said...

The mail should probably be worn with a submarlis (heavily padded shirt) underneath. Some people don't have them, or won't wear them if they're feeling overheated prior to a display. Also, it's sometimes down to what people can afford; others in the group have much denser mail. I haven't invested in any, as it's pretty heavy, and expensive. Besides, if we all had it, the audience wouldn't see what the tunics looked like! That's my excuse, and I'm stickin' to it :-)

 
At 10:58 pm BST, Blogger Gabriele C. said...

Lol, don't get me started on the prizes - and the weight - of a decent handmade mailshirt. I wish I could afford one. I might even learn to cope with the weight. ;)

 

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