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It is to Aristotle that we owe the notion of the final end, or, as it was later called by medieval scholars, the summum bonum--the overall good for human beings. More...

The first known Roman Pottery Kilns on the Tagus Estuary were discovered, and identified in 1986. The site which was found nearby the former residence of the Quinta do Rouxinol site. This site was almost totally urbanized during the decade of the 1980’s. The site is now declared a National Monument. More...

The vision of the map of the ruins of Tossal Manises (Lucentum) shows a result of space resulting from continuous evolution and transformation of inhabited areas. The archaeological reports tell us, that the origin is put at the end of the 5th century B.C., and at the beginning of 4th century B.C. More...

Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus, the father of the Gracchii was able to a many personal accomplishments in his lifetime. He held the office of censor in 169 BC and served twice as consul, first in 177 and then again in 163. Due to his achievements, two triumphs were celebrated in his honor. More...

By the standards of the modern day the death and birthrates of the Roman world were extremely high. The Roman endured many concerns that we don’t even consider in many parts of our world such as incurable sickness, long term suffering, and sudden death from causes usually unknown or wrongly defined. More...

The conquest of Gaul can be said to have been the most prosperous enterprise undertaken by Roman arms. This enterprise actually started with trade in 125 B.C. and later when the Roman Republic began to fear for it’s lucrative tin trade route from Spain to Italy through the Greek trading colony of Massalia (modern Marseille), which was threatened by the large Celtic Tribes of the Massif Central. More...

Selected writings from his book, Meditations, Book 8, verses 4 and 5. More...

Exercise your mind and kill your boredom with this Roman Empire historical challenge. More...

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Featured Roman Group

Ermine Street Guard

The Ermine Street Guard is a society dedicated to research into the Roman Army and the reconstruction of Roman armour and equipment. The reconstructions are primarily from the latter half of the first century A.D. although equipment from other Roman periods is reproduced for experimental and display purposes. Since its formation in 1972 the Guard has become firmly established as the leading society making such a detailed and accurate study of this subject

Each piece of equipment is made as authentically as is practicable and is based on recent research, notably that of the late H. Russell Robinson of the Tower of London Armoury, who will be remembered for his invaluable work on Roman armour and who gave the society much help and encouragement. Everything is made by Guard members to high standards of workmanship and accuracy and the equipment is continually being added to and, where necessary, improved as new information and finds become available.

The Society has been a registered charity since 1988 and is financed through public displays, educational visits and donations.

Public displays are given at major Roman sites throughout Great Britain and Europe. The display, includes aspects of the Roman soldier's training and the firing of artillery pieces. At selected venues the Guard is also joined by two fully equipped Roman cavalrymen. A static display provides information on various aspects of the Roman army and gives the opportunity to examine the armour and equipment at close quarters. In 1993, in consultation with archeological experts the Guard made the first ever accurate, hand stitched reconstruction of an eight man goat skin tent. Guard members are only too willing to talk to members of the public and answer their many questions.

Over the years the Guard has displayed at many well known Roman sites and museums in Britain and Europe. The Society has also taken part in many film and television documentaries, particularly for educational purposes. Assistance is given to Roman studies in schools, universities and other educational establishments, with visits by Guard members or the loan of armour and equipment

To anyone interested in reconstructive archeology the Guard offers a unique and absorbing opportunity to relive the life of a Roman soldier in a critical period in the development of our way of life.

The Ermine Street Guard in always pleased to welcome new members who share an interest in the aims of the society. Full members are supplied with armour at no cost to themselves and are encouraged to assist in the production of Guard equipment. Associate membership is available to those who are unable to play an active role but wish to support the work of the Society.



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