Phallic images were very popular in Ancient Rome to ward off the evil eye and generally be protective. These gold rings (British Museum collection) are child-sized. I made 2 silver rings (for Drusa and myself) and some charms. I wrote a paper on this topic a few years ago and bring a hard copy to events. It’s the one paper I don’t post online. 🙂
Note: It’s difficult to see in the pics below, but the left charm soldered with a space between the frank and the beans, so I made some 28ga wire pubic hair. I also got silly with the bail on that one, so it’s curly front and back, if you know what I mean.
These were a ton of fun to make and I might need to crank a few more out…
UPDATE: I did indeed make more – they are available for sale, $45. Email me! TulliaSat @ gmail
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. Another view of the whole thing is here by Dan Antal.
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 (above right, Terra cotta, Naples National Archeological Museum, from Pompeii) than the female statue (above left). Left, Palazzo Massimo alle terme.
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
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!
UPDATE: I got some sleep, tried again, and am much happier with the results! 🙂 Full paper here, of course.
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: