September 20, 2020 at 8:05 pm #39798
Aula Flavia PhilippaDenarii: 𐆖 132.10PlebeiusSarmatia
The Conventus Sarmatarum, an event of the Provincia Sarmatia, took place. This is a truly important and epoch-making event, both for our Provincia and for the entire Roman Republic for a number of reasons.
Sarmatians with the emblem and name of the Roman Republic and Province.
Firstly, this is the largest live event in the entire history of the Roman Republic, since 11 people took part in it, in fact, this means that we managed to bring live together almost every tenth active citizen in one place. It’s super cool.
Secondly, this is another numerous event that is held by Sarmatia, and in fact Sarmatia is the only one who holds numerous live events and real life actions in the Roman Republic. (We’ve hosted live events with more people before, but started posting reports only this year. We still don’t see much sense in this. Because for Sarmatians, numerous live meetings of 10-20 people are something commonplace, while for the Roman Republic it is something super unique. Besides, writing reports and taking photos is lazy)))))
Thirdly, this meeting was devoted almost entirely to Sacra Publica, namely the selection of a plot of land for the creation of the first and only authentic object of Sacra Publica in one and a half thousand years, put into operation in accordance with all the rules of the Roman Religion. In addition, it will be the most northerly Sacra Publica place in the history of mankind of those that have ever existed.
Intrigued? Then about everything in order:
The Sarmatian Pretorium managed to negotiate with the local macro-national authorities on the allocation of land for the construction of various buildings and use for cultural purposes.
We managed to agree on getting a plot of approximately 1,500 sq. m. in the area of oppidum Aquilo (It will be a municipality soon. We have several oppositions – the first and only in the republic, and soon we will create the first municipality), that is, near the city of Vorkuta, Russia. We worked on this for a long time and managed to get the land in a good place, not far from the river.
During the event, we arrived at the place to see the land itself, as well as the surrounding area. We checked the entrances and paths leading to the territory. In addition, we carried out the necessary measurements, carried out a binding on the ground and agreed on an approximate development plan, disassembled several options for the location of objects and many other things.
In our Northern Zone (Beyond the Arctic Circle), summers are extremely short, so we are lucky to have excellent very warm weather on this day, which is very strange for our area. So we were able to find out all the questions of interest to us and inspect the area before the onset of frost, cold weather and snow. It seemed as if the Gods were so pleased with us that all circumstances were developing successfully, and we were able to do everything necessary to start the corresponding work next summer, as soon as the snow warmed and melted.
At the very least, we are planning to create a cult place for performing authentic sacra public rituals. As a maximum, we plan to build a small settlement, consisting of a fortification, a sacred area, residential and outbuildings, similar to the small compact fortified settlements that existed in the Roman era.
Why do we say that this will be the only real Sacra Publica object in our world? Because it is, and for two reasons. The first reason is that, due to the strictness of the rules of the Sacra Publica (Roman Religion) (orthopraxia), all these strict rules that we can glean from sources must be strictly followed. Before us, no one did this, because everyone who created Sacra Publica objects before us did it with violations of the ritual (the principle of orthopraxia), for example, the well-known Templum committed violations during the preparation and consecration of the earth, so all Templum objects are not objects with the Saсer property, they are simply profane objects. Other people who build altars also commit violations, the simplest of which is the use of private land, and not the ager publicus. But in fact, these are not objects of the Sacra Publica, since the slightest discrepancy with the historical procedure leads to the nullity of all actions, thus, all objects in the modern world only in words have the status of sacra public, in fact, they do not have such a status. Thus, our project is probably the only project that, with academic meticulousness, tries to reproduce all the existing and known rules of Sacra Publica. The second reason is that we, those who are involved in this project, are reenactors with vast experience, so we know exactly how to correctly recreate history and culture.
Do you want to become a part of the project or support the only real object in the history of Sacra Publica in modern time? Then contact me! This is a matter worthy of a Roman.
A separate material will be prepared for this project, which will be published later, however, we ask both citizens and the government of the Roman Republic to support our project, because this is the only real and truly worthwhile thing in the Roman Religion, for the implementation of which, in fact, the Republic is needed, since these goals are spelled out in the Declaration.
And so, next summer the land will be dedicated and an altar will be erected according to all the traditions of Sacra Publica. If our project finds proper support within the framework of the Roman Republic, then the first real and correct altar of Sacra Publica in 1,500 years will bear the carved name (dedicatory inscription) of the Roman Republic.
During the meeting, we decided that the Sacra Publica object will be dedicated to Jupiter Optimus Maximus. This is the right decision, especially considering that this is the first and only object that will be put into operation in accordance with all the rules of the Roman Religion, without simplifications, compromises, conventions and other newfangled and modern garbage… only orthopraxia, only true history!)
Separately, it is necessary to note the place itself from an aesthetic point of view. This is a delightful site located on the banks of a deep, fast-flowing river. In the summertime, this place is buried in fragrant herbs, which shimmer with a kaleidoscope of colors. Closer to the river, tall grasses disappear, giving way to a gentle bank. The place is located away from modern infrastructure, which contributes to the silence, which is also required for the Sacra Publica rituals.
A remarkable story happened to us that day, which finally assured us that heaven favors our work. It was like this, when we finished work on the land, outlined a general plan, and decided on the location of the cult place, after heated debate and discussion, someone jokingly said that we had decided everything, it remains to find out the opinion of Jupiter himself, to which another answered that if Jupiter is interested, he will let us know. On this we finished and went home. At the same time, during an hour, the sky was covered with clouds relatively quickly, and there was thunder, and then lightning, after which an unusually soft wind was replaced by a gentle warm rain. Seeing lightning in the sky, an attribute of Jupiter himself, to whom the altar will be erected, we realized that this is a positive sign, a divine confirmation of the correctness of our decision, a kind of response to our efforts and aspirations. Now we feel that we are doing everything right.
We also discussed issues related to the expansion of our province, including attracting new people and obtaining citizenship by those who, due to the crisis and instability of recent years, did not see the point in obtaining citizenship of the Roman Republic, although they worked within the Sarmatian Roman community. We started an advertising campaign in our segment of the Internet, and we prepared some of the materials for the Republic itself. We believe that such work will bring a positive effect in the near future.
In accordance with Senatus Consultum – Establishment of Collegia and Provincial Activity Rewards, I also ask that the corresponding awards in denarii be paid to the participants of the event, namely:
Organizer – Proconsul Titus Flavius Severus
Appius Aquillius Triarius
Tiberius Flavius Malleolus
Appius Flavius Theophilus
Decimus Flavius Avitus
Marcus Tullius Florus
Decimus Fabius Rusca
Aulus Iunius Varro
Aula Flavia Philippa
Tiberia Salvia Alba
Marca MarciaSeptember 24, 2020 at 10:43 am #39840
Publius Iunius BrutusDenarii: 𐆖 1,259.43PatriciusPacifica
A beautifully written and documented report. Philippa, thank you for sharing.
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