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The Everyday Life of a Roman Legionary along the Lower Danube Exhibition

18.07.2013
The National Institute of Archaeology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the National Museum of History, and the Museums of Razgrad, Svishtov and Ruse present the exhibition revealing the everyday life of a Roman legionary along the Lower Danube.

In the course of four months, from July till October 2013, the National Museum of Archaeology houses the Exhibition of The everyday life of a Roman legionary along the Lower Danube. The occasion for creating it was the 22nd International Limes Congress successfully held in September 2012 as Bulgaria hosted it for the first time. Now the Museum of Archaeology takes the opportunity to present this exciting subject before its public as well.

The exhibition displays a variety of artifacts from all walks of life of the soldiers who served the Roman army along the Lower Danube. The objects have been discovered in the course of excavations in the most significant sites on the territory of the once Roman province of Moesia (after 86 the province of Moesia Inferior). On display are arms and armaments of the Roman soldiers as well as artifacts from their everyday life. Quite remarkable are the elements of weaponry found in the region of today’s Razgrad (the ancient Abritus). The site is known with the battle between the Roman army and the Goths in 251, when Emperor Trajan Decius and his elder son Herennius Etruscus met their death. The exhibition pays attention also to the religious practices in the Roman military camps as the accent falls upon the veneration of the Imperial cult. The Roman ceramics (terra sigillata) on display has been produced in the Western Roman provinces. Its appearance in the military camps along the Lower Danube reveals their well developed trading connections with the rest of the Roman provinces. There are also military diplomas issued by the Imperial chancellery to Roman veterans who completed their military service.

The opening of the exhibition is on July 18th 2013, 6 p.m., in the National Museum of Archaeology – Sofia, 1 Atanas Burov Square.
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