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Salvete, simple clay oil lamps can be had for 1.2 euros (not me making them). As for signet rings I just bought this one: http://www.vatera.hu/romai_kori_vesett_koves_ezust_gyuru_1_ft_rol_59419293.html . Click on the images to enlarge. It's not cheap (around 380 euros), but i...
by L. Livia Plauta
on Wed Apr 02, 2008 3:39 am
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Plauta salutat omnes
Replies: 20
Views: 8315

Salve Aule Flavi, I'd suggest anything by Valerio Massimo Manfredi (author of "The Last Legion"), if his books have been translated into English. Also, I'm reading a book set during the third punic war, by Juan Carlos Martin Leroy, which seems very well researched. The original title in ...
by L. Livia Plauta
on Mon Mar 31, 2008 11:53 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Artium et Litterarum
Topic: A Plea
Replies: 9
Views: 2938

Salve Marce Apolloni, I can't help you for travelling to roman festivals (though you could have a look at http://www.couchsurfing.com for free accomodation), but give me two years' time and I might be able to help you with the "not being able to buy things" problem. My intention is to se...
by L. Livia Plauta
on Mon Mar 31, 2008 11:44 pm
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Plauta salutat omnes
Replies: 20
Views: 8315

Hmm, Medusa gladiatrix, I had overlooked your post. Now I know what to bring if I ever have to fight you: a mirror!
by L. Livia Plauta
on Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:03 am
 
Forum: Collegium Linguarum
Topic: Onomasiology: our Roman names!
Replies: 24
Views: 9837

Tabernari, Italian stands to Latin more or less as modern English stands to Chaucer's English. The big difference is that while Italians, and the other neolatin language speakers, modernized the writing to keep pace with the changed pronounciation, nothing of that sort happened in English. So at ...
by L. Livia Plauta
on Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:58 am
 
Forum: Collegium Linguarum
Topic: Why and How did Latin Die?
Replies: 22
Views: 12329

Salve Cleopatra,
nice gear!
Here in Hungary gladiators wear stuff they made themselves. Very few can afford to buy those expensive replicas over here. The result, however, is usually acceptable.
Well, I see your point that depictions of scuta might not always be attendible.

Vale,
Livia
by L. Livia Plauta
on Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:03 am
 
Forum: Collegium Historicum
Topic: Did Rome have her own Roman Martial Art?
Replies: 18
Views: 4489

Salvete, here are my cats Hod and Vidra watching out of my bedroom window from the loft. Their names mean beaver and otter in Hungarian, because they used to love water as kittens. Hod is the one with the white spot under her chin. Unfortunately Vidra died last year, at the age of 8, of cancer. Now ...
by L. Livia Plauta
on Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:49 am
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Our Pets! (lots of pics!)
Replies: 14
Views: 4342

Salve Draco, Tabernarius is correct, but his view needs integrating. Italy is a bit more religious than Belgium or Britain, but it's still located in Western Europe, and thus is a basically secular country, far less religious than the most religious countries, like the U.S. and muslim countries....
by L. Livia Plauta
on Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:13 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Modern Italians and Ancient Rome
Replies: 20
Views: 4290

Salve Cleopatra, I think your scutum is smaller than a legionary one. And of course it would be, because gladiatorial equipment was made to favour spectacularity. The legionary scutum I tried would go from my ankles to my chin. Definitely good to hide behind, and being in a lorica segmentata with ...
by L. Livia Plauta
on Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:55 am
 
Forum: Collegium Historicum
Topic: Did Rome have her own Roman Martial Art?
Replies: 18
Views: 4489

Naahh, if I was alone and met thugs in a suburan alley my martial arts experience teaches me that the safest thing to do would be to put to use one part of the training only: running.

I was indeed talking about a fitness exercise.
by L. Livia Plauta
on Sun Mar 23, 2008 5:41 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Historicum
Topic: Did Rome have her own Roman Martial Art?
Replies: 18
Views: 4489

Ok. I'll express myself more precisely. Concretely I find the big square scutum not suited to individual fight. It's very good when you're in line, or when doing a testudo, but it's too heavy to do anything much with in a duel. Of course that didn't prevent me from winning duels against Germani and ...
by L. Livia Plauta
on Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:01 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Historicum
Topic: Did Rome have her own Roman Martial Art?
Replies: 18
Views: 4489

Salvete, legionaries against samurais? Good idea, I might try to organize that (at least in re-enactment). That is, if I can get the samurais to agree. In the other thread in the Ludi section I wrote a long post about my conjectures on roman martial arts. To summarize it, I think in palaestrae...
by L. Livia Plauta
on Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:55 am
 
Forum: Collegium Historicum
Topic: Did Rome have her own Roman Martial Art?
Replies: 18
Views: 4489

Salvete, finally I have time on my hands to answer this question by Valerius Poplicola, which is one of the main reasons I joined this forum. At least I am italian, and even if I haven't lived in Italy for the last 15 years I still spent at least two months a year there, so I feel I am competent...
by L. Livia Plauta
on Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:20 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Modern Italians and Ancient Rome
Replies: 20
Views: 4290

Salve Cleopatra Aelia, well, I still feel being a gladiatrix is beneath the dignity of a roman citizen. Anyway the free fight sound interesting, so if I ever go in the direction of Hamburg I'll give it a try. On the other hand if you and your fellow gladiators feel like coming to Pannonia you're ...
by L. Livia Plauta
on Sat Mar 22, 2008 2:06 am
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Plauta salutat omnes
Replies: 20
Views: 8315

Salve Draco,
I just posted something on the thread about martial arts.

Mari and Draco,
thanks for the hints about photos. I'll get this done in the next days.
Valete,
Livia
by L. Livia Plauta
on Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:45 am
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Plauta salutat omnes
Replies: 20
Views: 8315

Salvete, Tiberius Dionysius Draco over in a presentations thread said he would be interested in my opinion on roman martial arts. The previous anonymous poster expressed well some basinc definitions. The ancient world couldn't have martial arts as they are commonly understood today (with belt...
by L. Livia Plauta
on Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:35 am
 
Forum: Ludi Societatis
Topic: Greco-Roman martial arts
Replies: 10
Views: 4160

Salvete, I found this old thread and I'd like to revive it. Choosing a roman name was actually quite simple for me. We never had roman names when studying Latin, I guess because in Italy nobody feels the need to romanize something that's pretty close to latin anyway. So the first time I had to c...
by L. Livia Plauta
on Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:23 am
 
Forum: Collegium Linguarum
Topic: Onomasiology: our Roman names!
Replies: 24
Views: 9837

Salvete Cleopatra Aelia et Alde Mari, actually my problem with re-enactment is place-specific. Strangely enough, there are no legions in Budapest (though there are at least three in Hungary). There are gladiators, but I feel it's beneath my dignity as a free person and roman citizen to be a gladiat...
by L. Livia Plauta
on Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:29 pm
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Plauta salutat omnes
Replies: 20
Views: 8315

Plauta salutat omnes

Salvete omnes, I'm Lucia Livia Plauta. I was born in Rome, lived in Turin for most of my youth, and now, since 15 years, I live in Budapest, Hungary. I've always been interested in archaeology, specially greek and roman. Like a lot of italians, I studied Latin and ancient Greek at high school...
by L. Livia Plauta
on Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:43 am
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Plauta salutat omnes
Replies: 20
Views: 8315
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