Presented by Marcus Aurelius Dorsuo, a legionary from the XX legion based at Deva, and Queen Boudicca on the eve of the Eceni / Iceni rebellion in AD60.
Typically we deliver twin sessions, with each presenter setting up in their own classroom and students swapping between them to get an equal understanding of both cultures. With assembly to start or plenary to finish with all students if required.
Our historical educators [Presenters] arrives in full 1st century attire [Roman legionary in armour, with weaponry, and a display of miscellaneous Roman items of the period. Boudicca with her flowing red hair looking every bit the Warrior Queen!
Children are taught a Roman greeting & hand salute, ‘Salvete” and “Ave Caesar”. Marcus continues through describing and naming his arms, armour and clothing, handing pieces around for examination and study. Names are written on a board in English and Latin. Questions and answers on this session.
Children are taught Roman numerals up to 2019, and are challenged to work out some interesting dates, such as 1999, 1066, 43 etc. A wax tablet is handed round so that everybody gets a chance to write on it with a stylus.
Next comes the Pantheon of Roman gods, goddesses and links to planets, days of the week, etc.
Discussion on ‘what makes a civilisation?’ and how does this equate with the barbarity of the Gladiators/Crucifixion?
Dressing-up time [prepared in advance with school]: we have toga and female attire for two children (Emperor, Empress or senior officials). All other children (ideally) have made swords and shields, representing either Romans or Celts.
Offerings to the gods of the artefacts brought by Presenter (oil lamps, mirrors, combs, jewellery, strigil and olive oil for bathing, samian ware pottery, glass vials, mortarium for grinding corn, etc.). The artefacts are passed around, handles and demonstrated with students active involvement, and listed on the board, with explanations about everyday Roman life.
Quick view of the eruption of Vesuvius and how we know so much from Pompeii. [fabulous timelapse video clip of 5 minutes]
BATTLE! Children are equipped with our matching helmets, shields and spears or swords, taught the “sin dex sin” march and proceed into the playground. Photo time. Then ‘Romans’ make a testudo of interlocking shields as ‘Celts’ attack, led by Boudicca showing chariot tactics employed by the Eceni [Iceni if you prefer!].
Boudicca appears as a Queen of the Eceni tribe- looking at Iron Age culture, life in a roundhouse, battle tactics, with a wonderful collection of period artefacts, and why she is so famous in leading her people to rebel against Roman rule.
NEW for 2019 we are adding a dedicated Powerpoint presentation to accompany our workshops which reinforces the presentation, with photos, video, spelling, cartoons and weblinks. This is available for the teachers to keep afterwards if requested.
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