“ROMANA SUM” (the ancient Romans didn’t have lowercase letters) translates as “I am Roman,” where the single speaker is female. An alternative translation* – one I prefer aesthetically – is “I am a woman of Rome.”
I am doing my best, within the world of the SCA, to research and recreate the material culture and life of 50BCE. My persona is Tullia Saturnina, a widowed midwife. Tullia’s sweetheart is Caius (my guy Robert). I live in Dragon’s Mist but I also participate with the Barony of Three Mountains, Stromgard, and at the Kingdom level. I’ve been honored with the Jambe de Lion and the Goute de Sang. I am currently the Arts & Sciences Champion of the Barony of Dragon’s Mist.
My goal is historical accuracy. If you ever catch me in a mistake (TANTUMMODO OVUM SUM) or think I’d be interested in hearing about something, PLEASE drop me a note! I’ll be posting my papers, etc to the Papers page so you can see what I’m up to. The Resources page has links to lots of info, shopping, etc. I’m not sure yet how else I will use this page. I like the idea of having time go forward at some point… Maybe post some letters from Tullia to her family members about her life, her reactions to public events as Julius Caesar’s story reaches its climax…? Who knows. Feel free to join in the conversation if there’s something you’d like to see.
*Unless you are nitpicky about Latin grammar, because it’s not in the genitive form. But “FEMINA ROMANAE SUM” doesn’t make for a snappy blog title, so bear with me.
My first two attempts are written up here. For this version, I wanted to do silver (instead of brass), and do a continuous loop rather than a curve and a ring. I also decided to use a jig to bend the loops. My goal was to have a display of my progress out for 12th Night, but I got obsessed with my new motorcycle and didn’t spend enough time in the studio.
I was cranking away last weekend trying to finish, when I realized that my rushing things was making for sloppy soldering. I figured I was better off stopping than presenting substandard work. Keep an eye out at future events for the finished necklace!
One of my goals is to learn to make jewelry the way the Romans did, not just duplicate their designs with modern techniques and tools. I contacted my friend Alberto (he’s part of Legio Secvnda Consvlaris, an Italian re-enacting group) to see if he had any ideas. He connected me with his friend who makes Etruscan pieces! I’ve always adored the Etruscan works. They are tiny and shockingly detailed. I’m very excited… stay tuned!
From his website:
I graduated from student to apprentice to Eulalia Piebakere! I taught about Roman slavery and manumission! I took a bunch of terrific classes! I got to see *all* of a Bardic championship, which was awesome! Drusa and I had a fantastic time – And my wonderful friend Idonia was put on vigil to become a Laurel. I’m so proud of her!
NOTE: I’m wearing Romano-Brit because it was cold! Also, we are following a medieval model of apprenticeship because Eulalia’s persona is from 13th century York.
Champion’s Choice at Yule: Arts & Sciences for everyone!
12/16 at the Oregon Army National Guard Columbia County Armory, 474 S 7th St, Saint Helens, Oregon 97051, 9am-9pm, no site fee! (FB Event for the Tri-Baronial Yule)
Please join us for a friendly competition! There will be three categories: Place yourself in Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced, with (minimum) a 3×5 card listing your SCA Continue reading
Chains appear as decorative elements in jewelry as well as practical applications (suspended oil lamps, scales, etc). Although the finished products look similar to Viking wire weaving, the method is different.
Chain for a small oil lamp. I took this at the traveling Pompeii exhibit when it was in Seattle.
Viking wire weaving bracelet
Wire weaving uses a single long wire, threaded back and forth, to create a strand.
Loop-in-loop (the Roman method) uses individual oblong rings. They are bent and hooked into each other. Here’s a modern tutorial. Continue reading
Slavery in Rome (while obviously still horrible and unethical – I do not condone it in the real world) was not necessarily for life. Slaves could be released as a reward for good service, as a way to show off wealth, or in a Master’s will.
When Drusa earned her AOA at An Tir /West War, I knew I could no longer keep a Lady as my slave! I did a little research and we held a ceremony at Sport of Kings. Utter geek that I am, I provided a documentation handout for our guests. It’s been added to my handout for a class on slavery and manumission, which I’ll be teaching at Collegium next month.
Fiach was our herald and read the legal document (I strongly recommend hiring him for all your announcing and singing needs).
Baron Finn Grim was the magistrate and touched her with the rod.
I gave her a pair of nalbinding udones (socks -not part of Roman custom, but it set Dobby free and was worth a giggle). Continue reading
I’m the subject of an interview in the August 2017 Dragon’s Tongue – the newsletter for the Barony of Dragon’s Mist. Enjoy!