ROMANA SUM

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“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.

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Collegium 2017

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 12th century York.

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2 Upcoming Competitions: Yule & DM Champion

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 (if you were Laurelled for cooking, but this is your first time weaving, it’s a Beginner entry), with (minimum) a 3×5 card listing your SCA Continue reading

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Chain-making, Roman style

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.

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Chain for a small oil lamp. I took this at the traveling Pompeii exhibit when it was in Seattle.

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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.d9d449e8177b56e2d193f0d0e3443801--jewelry-clasps-jewelry-findings.jpg Continue reading

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Drusa’s Manumission Ceremony

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. Manumission 1.jpg

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.

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Interviewed!

I’m the subject of an interview in the August 2017 Dragon’s Tongue – the newsletter for the Barony of Dragon’s Mist. Enjoy!

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Modern Jewelry: Solar System Necklace

IMG_20170904_151108071.jpgPardon me while I hijack my own blog here… I don’t have another place to write about this and I really want to share it! Learning how to do metal-smithing to make Roman jewelry made me realize I could make my own solar system necklace. This was a design I came up with about a decade ago (Before ThinkGeek came out with a similar one – I’ve always been a science dork). I always thought I’d have to commission a jeweler to do it for me… but with my teacher Fjorlief’s help, I made this!

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The Romans invade OMSI

TulliasJewels at OMSI.jpgOMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) holds a monthly thing called After Dark from 7-11pm, where it’s adults only and there’s booze and vendors. July was all about the traveling Pompeii exhibit (here til Oct 22 – Don’t miss it!), so I sent some emails and wrangled a spot for a demo / display booth. Skamp did his  93 CE “soldier in Britannia” thing, while Drusa and I of course stuck with the late Republic in the city of Rome. We brought material culture objects for the public to play with (the wax tablet was surprisingly engaging) and I sold a few pieces of jewelry. People even read parts of my papers! We dispelled some common misconceptions, and talked about a wide variety of topics.  Continue reading

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