Eboracum 2017 – join the Roman army! Posted on 9 Jun 20175 Jun 2019 by Ruth Right. Line up, you lot. And get that hair cut! Half of you look like a bunch of girls! Write and tell your Mum you’ll be home in twenty years. You’ll travel to distant places and collect exotic souvenirs. The Legion will feed you. The Legion will clothe you. Our friendly centurions… …will teach you how to march. and march… and march… (did we mention the marching?) …and fight. And how to round up civilians who make trouble. If anything goes wrong, our highly-trained doctors will look after you. Using the very latest equipment. In time, you too may become a Centurion. Or a festival organiser But without the right connections, you will never become a tribune and wear this splendid helmet. In the distant future, people like this will dig up your rubbish and display it to the public. Yes, really. And people like these will write books about you. (L to R – Ben Kane, Sandra G-Neville, ? , Harry Sidebottom, Penny Ingham) Alex Gough and Simon (SJA) Turney Jane Finnis John Salter and Brian Young and another one. Finally – as a reward for all that marching, people will remember you and your Emperor with parades through the streets of Eboracum, and a splendid Festival. Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Share this:TwitterFacebook Related
16 thoughts on “Eboracum 2017 – join the Roman army!”
“The armies of ancient Rome are marching on York”—don’t say that too loudly or you might get what you wished for! I read time-travel stories; I could easily accept the idea of one or more Roman legions materializing out of time just outside modern York. I don’t think the soldiers would have much patience with the eccentric behaviour and refusal to speak Latin of the local barbarians.
Yes, the Brittunculi might prove a bit troublesome! But for that one weekend, the soldiers would have felt well at home in the Museum gardens.
This festival looks like so much fun! Wish I wasn’t so far away (Canada). Maybe next year! Thanks so much for sharing.
It was great, Lisa. And people were already talking about next year, so who knows…?
Brilliant, brilliant photos, Ruth!
Next year indeed! 🙂
It was excellent, as is your article!! Now I know who I’m looking at, I’ll come over and chat next year LOL.
I came back to Harry & Bens lectures in the evening. A really good day out.
If I’d realised you were there I’d have said hello, John! Next year! Glad you enjoyed the day, and I thought Ben’s and Harry’s talks were excellent.
Thank you do very much for these pictures. I wish I could have been there, but here in Oklahoma, USA we have not yet been discovered. I love your Tilla and Russo. Elaine Corman Oklahoma City, OK, USA
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Amazingly, although the Emperor’s men know nothing of your vast land across the western seas, that Tribune and his lady came all the way from a city called Los Angeles! Glad you enjoyed the photos, Elaine. 🙂
I was just listening to a recent adventure with Russo and Tilla via recorded book. Oh how I’d love to attend EBORACUM 2018, if it’s to be held. Do keep your readers around the world up to date on plans for future celebrations of all things Roman.
Lots of us are hoping they’ll do it again next year, Marilee – when we find out I’ll spread the word! 🙂
Where do I sign?
I really hope they do it again in 2018; it’d be the perfect excuse for a trip to the UK! 🙂
Yes, and there’s so much else to see in York as well, as I’m sure you know. Fingers crossed! 🙂
Fabulous photos, Ruth — outdone only by your tongue-in-cheek comments!
FYI, I’m in Rome at the moment. Big plans to sightsee have been undone by 95 degree heat (35 degrees C). Now I understand why everyone who could afford it fled to the hills or the seaside in the summer!
Ouch. Time to do some serious gelateria research, perhaps? 🙂