How were Roman greaves like? (1) The Principate

Among the pieces of the panoply of the Romani legionary of the early empire, there's one which is usually overlooked by reenactors: greaves. Even though greaves (ocreae in Latin) often seem to be reserved to centurions as a symbol of rank,…

The Celtic spear in the 3rd century BC

One of the most important parts of the Celtic panoply, if we take into consideration the period from the 3rd century BC onwards, is surely the spear. But reconstructing a Celtic spear in a historically accurate manner it's not obvious: in…

Is your legionary helmet correct? (2) 2nd century AD

Dear reenactor, in the article published last week (if you still didn't, read it now!), we talked about the importance of reconstructing in a really historically accurate way a Roman legionary. If you keep mixing up pieces from the 1st…

Is your legionary helmet correct? (1) 1st century AD

Dear reenactor, we already stated many times that saying "I reenact the early imperial period" it's an overused semplification. Maybe, in your head, the "early imperial period" is a very compact and similar period. The iconic (and let's…