June 12, 2020 at 7:29 pm #38238
Titus Iunius BrutusDenarii: 𐆖 112.05PatriciusAlta Planitia
Long time member, first time post. I’m starting to research Roman re-enactment. Who here is involved in this activity? Any tips towards getting started and forming a local group?
I’m out of Alberta. Would also be open to meeting up (online for now because of COVID) with others interested in forming a legion or just chatting about Roman things!June 17, 2020 at 3:13 pm #38262
I see you suffered the same fate as me and some of our other fellow citizens. My comrades from Sarmatia and I have already tried to organize a community about the historical reenactment in the Roman Republic, however, outside of our community – Sarmatia, these ideas were not in demand. Apparently your idea, like ours, is not popular, judging by the lack of answers for almost a week. Nevertheless, it is good to see that those who are interested in this issue appear.
Within the framework of the Republic, the only community that is engaged in historical reenactment is Sarmatia. If you are interested in historical reconstruction and would like to move from words to deeds, then I, and our community, are ready to support your initiative.
What you should start with is a minimal complex, as soon as you have basic subjects, you can think about forming a group of like-minded people, because the best is a personal example when you have something to demonstrate to potential members of a future group. We can help you with this.
In parallel, you can participate in the formation of a base for the development of historical reenactment in the Roman Republic. For example, our proconsul Severus (the head of our reenactment community), has launched work to restart the laws, in his draft of Codex, there is a section – Service. One of the elements of this section should be the creation and introduction of a semblance of military service, the revival of historical mechanics and their application in the Roman Republic.
If you have questions and suggestions, then let’s discuss them here.June 18, 2020 at 10:15 am #38265
Paullus Aemilius GallusDenarii: 𐆖 104.40PlebeiusRaetia
Do you have a Website so we can see your work and follow you?
I’m sure it would interest a lot of people and incitate some of them to join or create a group of re-enactment.
June 22, 2020 at 3:54 pm #38331
- This reply was modified 2 weeks, 2 days ago by Paullus Aemilius Gallus.
Our community does not have a site, it is not necessary. Many years ago, the reenactment community associated with Sarmatia had a site: https://legioxi-cl-p-f.3dn.ru/, but it was abandoned as unnecessary. Since then, we have not made the site specifically for the community, because it exists inside the province (by and large, this is the province), and secondly, there is a language problem, we communicate in Russian, that is, it is not interesting for foreign speakers, thirdly, when almost everyone knows each other personally, the meaning of the site disappears, just groups for coordination are enough, for this we use a social network, an analogue of Facebook.
As I already said, we tried to reach the level of the whole Republic with historical reconstruction, but we did not see a lively and active interest, that is, our efforts were not in demand. And due to the crisis of the Republic and helplessness, two years ago we completely changed the direction of historical reconstruction to the themes of the 12-13th century – Byzantium and the Levant. And our work in a new field is damn successful! This is significant because Roman reenactment was connected with the province, the people of Sarmatia were disappointed and upset by the events in the Republic, because of this, interest in Roman reenactment was lost, people took up more promising directions.
Nevertheless, the collection of sources, knowledge and experience of our community have not disappeared, this is an excellent bonus and asset. In addition, some of the Sarmatians are not averse to doing Roman reenactment again, if other enthusiasts appear here and the government does not interfere with the Republic, but begins to actively promote such work.June 23, 2020 at 11:12 am #38335
Paullus Aemilius GallusDenarii: 𐆖 104.40PlebeiusRaetia
Thanks for your answer!
Too bad for your website! I think a website is a great medium to share your passion with the rest of the world and to give people the envy to do the same.
It would have been also an excellent opportunity to promote the Republic…
Regarding the lack of interest, you shouldn’t take too personally. 2 years ago , there was no interest for anything! The forum was dying and unfortunatelly your efforts didn’t help.
So, the land you bought in the far east of Russia is now an Eastern Roman (Byzantine) forward position? Any chance to have an update of your work overthere and to see photos?
Thanks and vale,
GallusJuly 4, 2020 at 9:41 pm #38552
“Too bad for your website! I think a website is a great medium to share your passion with the rest of the world and to give people the envy to do the same.”
This is a pretty moot point, my friend. We had a website, it didn’t pay off. The site is just a tool, in our situation, it is an inefficient tool. A group in a social network and chat conversation are easier, more convenient and more effective.
“It would have been also an excellent opportunity to promote the Republic…”
Everything rests on the language issue. Promotion of the Republic in our region requires the translation of a significant part of the materials, at least into Russian. However, the Republic in the person of the government does not seek to resolve this issue. People come to the Republic through the Provincial community, virtually no one comes directly, because the site of the Republic for the majority of the inhabitants of our region is anyway that it is written in Chinese, that is, it is generally incomprehensible and uninteresting.
“So, the land you bought in the far east of Russia is now an Eastern Roman (Byzantine) forward position?”
Land in the Far East was chosen for a number of reasons, including because it is close to America, approximately the same distance from Europe. It was the implementation of the declaration of the republic. The republic and citizens did not show interest in the project. Our province could not have mastered the settlement project alone. Since the republic was not in demand for the project, we had to abandon the land.
We managed to get land in central Russia, and we are developing our Middle Ages project there, we are actively cooperating with Byzantium Novum. The construction of the fortress began there. We regularly carry out historical reconstruction events on this site, and last year we organized a very large festival there. A pandemic spoiled plans this year.
Here is a photo – a small part of the participants in our project, as well as part of the fortress:
Almost all the people in the photo are Sarmatians, who are citizens of the Roman Republic. All these people could continue to engage in antique reconstruction within the republic. But in recent years, the Republic, mainly represented by the government, has convincingly shown the Sarmatians that the Republic is not interested in the development of reconstruction, and our province is something like a gathering of second-class people, whose opinion is not necessary to take into account. The photo shows the results of such a policy. In fact, in recent years, those in power have destroyed the direction of historical reconstruction, turning Sarmatians away from the Republic, but in return these people could not create absolutely nothing.
Your questions evoked memories in me. I got the feeling that the Republic did not really support a single successful project. It is sad. When the Sarmatians offer ideas, they are not interested in the Republic. When later the same idea is put into practice by other organizations and they benefit from it, it seems to me that the Republic is going the wrong way, turning the wrong way.
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