Cullin Lumpkins is a member of LXF and also a teacher at Round Rock
High School. Every year, he arranges a battle reenacment for his Marine
Corps Junior ROTC class, and he alternates the time periods every two
years. This year it was Romans vs. Celts. The students did some great
work, reenactors came from all over Texas, and we all had a total blast!
the Students Prepared
students' projects leading up to the event were to make their own shield
and sword, with extra credit for additional pieces of "kit"
like armor or a helmet. Some students really went all out, even making
their own segmentatas!
the Day: Celt and Roman Demos
Texas Coritani turned out to help us introduce the students to the material
culture and customs of both Romans and Celts. The students asked some
great questions that the reenactors actually had to confer with each
other in order to answer. Everyone learned!
the Demos: Weapon's Course
students got the chance to train on a weapons course, using gladii,
pila, and even an archer auxiliary's bow.
the students portraying Celts were at the demo tables, the Romans
"trained" on the weapons course, and then the groups
both groups had a chance to run the weapons course and talk to
the reenactors, we all broke for lunch: the feast before the battle!
50 students had come back to school on a beautiful Saturday afternoon
spoiling for a "fight" and they were not to be denied!
of both Romans and Celts roamed the field to act as referees and "tap
out" warriors who had been slain. Both sides did what they could
to prepare for battle ahead of time.
course, the Romans had prepared for a battle on the broad field before
them, but before they could get there--they were ambushed. It was the
Teutoburg Forest all over again!
Roman commanders were flummoxed and met in council to determine how
best to respond.
the rest of the Legion arrived and was able to engage the enemy on an
open field. This gave the Romans the "home court advantage"
and their massacre of the Celts upheld the mos maiorum with splendid
in all, the day was a huge success and the legion Tribune and Cavalry
Decurion were proud of the glory their troops had achieved in the name