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Trade and Empire

July 12, 2014

Trade and Empire
Trade and Empire by Macsen Wledig

 

Trade and Empire

“By the time the Emperor Hadrian entered the purple, Rome controlled a vast area stretching from northern Europe to the Middle East. Sea trade and transport were vital to the functioning of the Empire and so numerous ports sprung up along the coast of Britannia. On the Tyne side of Hadrian’s Wall the fort of Arbeia (now known as South Shields) grew into one such port and was the destination of many supply shipments to the wall.

Trading ships, such as the one depicted in this scene, were common visitors to Arbeia and came from all corners of the empire. A funeral monument found at the site tells us much about what this trade meant to the area. It is dedicated to a lady called Regina and is unique in Britain for its bilingual inscription, written in Latin and Palmyrene. The inscription reveals that Regina was of the Catuvellaunian tribe while her husband Barates, was a Palmyrene merchant living at Arbeia, which had attached to it a substantial civilian settlement. From Barates’ own funeral monument we know that he supplied military standards to the cohorts along the wall.

Despite being on the edge of the Empire, the civilian settlement at Arbeia must have been home to a diverse polyglot population. Thanks to the trade bought by the Empire’s many ships, people, ideas and symbols must have circulated frequently, making it lively and interesting place to live.”

Historical context given by Macsen Wledig and available here.

Roman Army Training Day

July 8, 2014

Training Day

Ancient Roman home

December 2, 2013

I was perusing Lego Cuusoo today, when an under-supported effort caught my eye. I love the Classical period and rejoice when I find Lego creations that celebrate or – better yet – teach about it.

This design is part of a Lego Cuusoo effort is called ‘Lego Modular Imperium Romanum‘ by bigboy99899. I, for one, would love to see kits like the one below at my local Lego store.

 

 

September 11, 2013

Hadrian’s wall was a defensive fortification in Roman Britain to defend agains Scottish barbarians. Begun in AD 122, during the rule of emperor Hadrian, it was the first of two fortifications built across Great Britain.

LukeClarenceVan is the author of this marvelous construction where he shows a minor skirmish where a force of Scotsmen besiege the a gate with their most powerful war machine – the caber toss.

Hadrian's Wall

Roman temple

June 27, 2013

Apparently simple but very effective is the representation of a  Roman Temple built by lokosuperfluolegoman.

However, if we look closely we will find the great details such as the top of the columns, the micro detail of the top wall supported by the columns, the way how the roof was colored and the nice green door.

Roman Temple

Sacking of Colchester by Boudica

October 16, 2012

James Pegrum and Malravion assembled together several MOCs, including the Roman Colchester Theater, bringing to life this awesome roman layout describing an assault of enemy troops into the city.

Read more about this creation at James’s MocPages.

Roman Colchester Theater

September 14, 2012

James Pegrum is one of my favorite “historical builder”. Today he presented us a wonderful creation of a Roman theater.

The applied techniques are rather simple, however he managed to capture with great detail the grandiosity of the ancient building.

Roman Colchester Theater

Click here to read more.

 

LEGO Colosseum

June 30, 2012

TheBrickMan is the author of one of the best historical recreations I have seen lately. The LEGO Colosseum has a huge amount of details and the mix of the past and present is phenomenal!

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LEGO Colosseum, originally uploaded by TheBrickMan.

Collectible Minifigures Series 6 and 7

October 15, 2011

Toys N bricks had publish the first official pictures from the upcoming series of Collectible Mifigures. Like previous collections, these new series presents new historical figures that will delight many LEGO fans.

The 6th series presents a roman warrior. Personally I’ve been waiting for ages for the LEGO roman empire. This figure and the new rounded bricks of the Atlantis sets will make a beautiful  combination :-)

This collection also presents a barbarian warrior, which is nice for the battles against the roman army, and a cowboy that will fit perfectly in any western MOC.

 

 

The 7th series presents a Viking warrior (girl?), a cool hippie that will fit nicely 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van and, my favorite, the Aztec warrior (or at least, what I think that it is). The mermaid man will also make a cool Neptune roman god of the sea.

Happy Christmas

December 14, 2010

Ken_1974 wishes us all a Merry Christmas with this lovely MOC of Jesus birth.

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12122010261, originally uploaded by Ken_1974.


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