San Antonio Museum of Art invites the Legion and The Roman Way to inaugurate
of their antiquities wing.
Legion "Romes around" the museum, visiting special craft events
for kids and chatting with parents.
Marcus communing with his noble ancestors.
Legion Legate and his Lady with Marcus Aurelius.
the request of the Museum, the Legion put together a set of three athletic
events for children attending the family day. Each event was named for
an element of the Roman army during the Republican era.
first event was hastati. The hastati were the young skirmishers
at the front of the army when it was in battle array on the field. The
hastati had to be fast, so this event was a foot-race across
the Museum grounds. Here are the young legionnaries preparing to go.
second event was principe. The principes were the heavily
armored fighters in the main body of the army. When lines of principes
came together in a Roman civil war, there was a great deal of pushing
and shoving. Therefore, these soldiers proved their ability to hold
the shield wall against pressure from the enemy by seeing how many pushups
they could do.
final event was the triarius. The triarii were the older
veterans at the rear of the army who held long spears, in support of
the principes. The Romans had the saying "If it gets to the triarii,"
which was their equivalent of "if worse comes to worst." In
this event, the young soldiers had to don lorica segmentae and
keep their balance while dueling another triarius.
triarius event was so much fun, even some parents wanted to try!
Click here to see a 4 second video of how it turned out! (1.7 mb MPG)<<
of course, the winners received laurels and a true Roman ovation!
the end of the day, the Legion relaxes in style beneath the "triumphal