|What do the Fectienses
seniores do at events?
Francus ego cives, Romanus
miles in armis
See - Try out-
Test - Experience - Understand
Archaeology - join and learn from it.
Fectio's main aim is to
give the modern spectator an idea of the past, by
using accurate reconstructions. Although that may
sound as a boast, we try to do so as informal as
We try to connect with
the kids first. After all we're not behind glass
- kids may touch, feel, try on most things that
we carry around, and ask questions about it. That
way, the grown ups also get their information and
get a chance to ask their questions, too. And in
doing so, we get a message across to all.
When the spectator is not
feeling rebuffed, the questions follow
automatically, and a dialogue ensues. By joining
in each learns much about how things felt and
looked than by peering at them through glass, or
listening to a speech.
Are you organising a
thematic day or an event in which Romans play a
part? We love to talk about a way in which we can
What can you expect is
you hire us? We'll arrive 'in style' and usually
take some 30 minutes to set up camp, before we're
ready to entertain visitors. Our impression is
centered on the military side of Roman culture,
after all we are re-enacting the Fectienses
seniores, Late Roman miltary unit. But from
time to time also bring a few kids along.
Our material consists of
every possible 'hardware' of the Late Roman
soldier: helmets, spears, shields, swords, but
also throwing darts, axes and all possible
For those interested in
the less violent part of re-enactment, we also
carry pottery, glass, coins and clothing to talk
Usually a fighting demo
does not belong in our repertoire, but sometimes
we can be swayed...
Children are allowed a
great deal by us, and if they want they may even
(under supervision) try and find out how a Roman
soldier learned to fight!
schools are important to us, in order to get
across at an early age a healthy concept about
history. We are very willing to visit your school
for an hour of even a whole day. And although we
are 'history to touch', we can produce our own
We'd love to enhance your
collection with a living display, but don't have
any problems with being the centre of a
If and when you get in
touch we can discuss a good concept for both.
However, please keep in mind that we have an
agenda and we need preparation time - after all
this is not our day job! For that reason we ask
to keep in mind that we need at least 2 months
for bigger projects.