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Some of the locations we travel to for our Victorians workshops are:

East-Midlands, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire Leicester Hinckley Nottingham Peterborough, Leamington Tamworth, Derbyshire, Derby, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Swadlincote, Buxton, Matlock, Ashbourne, Nottingham, Mansfield, Worksop, Newark, Leicester, Loughborough, Hinckley, Melton Mowbray, Coalville, Lutterworth, Rutland - Oakham, Uppingham. Cottesmore, Bedford, Northampton, Peterborough, Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, West-Midlands, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Coventry, Smethwick, West Bromwich, Solihull, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Warwickshire, Warwick, Birmingham, Coventry, Nuneaton, Rugby, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon.

 

Strigil

 

Used in Roman baths to scrape dead skin and dirt away.

Legionary's Pilum

 

A javelin-like spear, designed to buckle on impact, rendering it useless in counter-attack.

 

Auxilary's shield

 

Used by foreign soldiers in the Roman army.

Cingulum

 

Military belt with groin guard, worn by Legionaries, sometimes referred to as a balteus.

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Loculus

 

Goatskin satchel used by Legionaries to store Impedimenta.

Fleeces & goatskin

 

Multiple uses.

Gladiatrix Breastplate

 

Female gladiators existed and Lisa uses this as Boudica.

Furca

 

Crossed wooden pole on which a Legionary's equipment is secured for carrying over the shoulder.  Gregorius' was chosen for its curvature, fitting snugly against the arm.

Dice

 

Made from bone, wood, clay or lead and popularly used for gambling.

Oil Lamps

 

Cast in a mould from clay.

Auxiliary Recurve Bow,

Arrows & Goatskin Quiver

 

Archers tended to be drawn from Auxiliaries (ie. non-Roman citizens) and whole regiments could be full of them.  That said they were under-used by the Roman Army, unlike, for example, the Egyptian.

Wooden Toy Horse

 

A popular toy for Roman children.

Flagon

 

A common sight in a Roman kitchen.

Ludus Latrunculorum

 

An extremely popular board game of strategy and skill.  People would carry pouches of gaming counters to play on boards inscribed into pavements.

Nine Men's Morris

 

A board game much enjoyed by various peoples through to modernity and hotly debated as a Roman game.  This seems highly likely though.

Archboard

Marble Game

 

Roman children played rolling games with nuts, particularly around Saturnalia (Winter Solstice - or Christmas).  Any rules have not survived but since arches were popular architecturally we sometimes include this Victorian game in our sessions.

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Caligai

 

Sandal-like open hob-nailed boots worn by Legionaries

Amphora

 

Used to import liquids.

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Blackware Flagon

 

An example of the Roman Empire's skill in maintaining simplicity.  No handles are needed because of the dimples, so if more skilled potters travelling with the army died almost anyone could stand in.

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Helmet

 

Used in Roman baths to scrape dead skin and dirt away.

Pugio

 

Legionary's dagger.

Galerus

 

Gladiator's shoulder guard.

Gladius

 

Legionary's sword.

Dolabra

 

Legionary's pick-axe.

Chariot Samianware

 

Made from bone, wood, clay or lead and popularly used for gambling.

Wax Tablet Scraper

 

Aiding the re-usability of the tablets - perhaps a bit like pupils' whiteboards today.