“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.
Pictures and videos are still trickling in, but I wanted to post a few of my favorites so far. I will combine the pics and the documentation into a giant thing as soon as I can.
Most of the first ceremony is here: Video of pig sacrifice /reading of entrails (spoiler alert: no blood) and the rest of it (including me flubbing my ONE LINE and giggling like a maniac): – both taken by Lissette de la Rose.
Unbelievable feast by Baroness Marian Staarveld. Wreaths and my hair by Mauera Cethin.
Left to right: Caius, Tullia (me), Titus, Drusa (Pronuba), Doctore Decimus Varius Felix (Flamen Dialis), Magistra Julia Sempronia (Flaminica Dialis). Not pictured, our Pontifex Maximus, Davide Di Francesco Dominici.
Every Late Republican bride should have a new stola for after the wedding, right? I made the pleated one because 1) it was the only stola type I hadn’t made, and 2) it’s the only non-rectangular, non-dead-easy garment the Romans wore, aside from the toga, in my period. And of course I needed something complicated to add to my spreadsheet of Things To Do. LOL
I probably could have made my pleats smaller, but I am ok with them as is. They are just more like the ones worn by the male actor (right, Terra cotta, Naples National Archeological Museum, from Pompeii) than the female statue (left).
I also have a white linen tunica recta to wear under it. See you at Egils!
Things are coming along… I finished our Hercules knot (a common Roman wedding ring motif) rings yesterday. I will type up a project paper on the Hercules series I’ve done right after the wedding. I hope you’re coming! Everyone is invited! Spreadsheet here, Event info here, FB Event, FB wedding.
Organizing the competition to find my successor was my last task as the Arts & Sciences Champion of Dragon’s Mist. That happened last weekend, and I’m very pleased with how it went. Here are a few notes that may help you organize a competition of your own. I’ll cover Marketing, Design, Prepping Entrants and Judges, Prizes, and Day Of.
Details on entrants and their entries are at the bottom of the post. 🙂
First of all, nobody can enter a contest they don’t know about. It’s important to start your
spamming publicizing of an event early, particularly if it requires documentation or Continue reading
Robert and I are getting married, so of course I’m turning the wedding into an Arts & Sciences project. We’re holding a traditional Roman wedding at Egils, on May 26th. FB for Egils and for the wedding. Please come! I’ll be handing out a brief guide onsite, with a longer paper explaining the history of the clothes, food, rituals, etc. that will be posted here by the end of May.
UPDATE 4/12/18: This thing is going to be AMAZING. I’m making our rings, too. *grin*
Note: This article appeared in the March issue of the Dragon’s Tongue.
Last August, I was escaping the summer heat by walking in an air-conditioned mall one day and realized I was surrounded by Roman memes (in the original sense of the word).
There were logos with big Roman numerals, and stores with red and gold bunting. The shoe places were offering “gladiator sandals,” while Macy’s was selling a shirt that looked like the top half of a gathered-neckline stola. And these were just the obvious ones… Let’s take a peek at some of the ways Roman traditions have survived into the modern era.
First of all – It was August… Renamed for Augustus Caesar in 8 BCE.
DM Arts & Sciences Championship
ATTENTION ALL ARTISANS! I hereby announce the upcoming Dragon’s Mist Arts and Sciences Championship to be held at Carnivale (March 24th at Schlegel Hall 485 S. Main St Banks, OR, 97106). You do not need to be a DM resident. FB link.
COMPETITION: Single entry, with documentation and oral presentation required. You will have a table space for your display. Your entry will be judged on period methods, materials, and understanding of period context. The entry should contribute to a better understanding of an aspect of period life or material culture. Continue reading