our planning

Organising a tour

by David J. Breeze Every year from 1968 to 1998 Brian Dobson and I organised a tour, to Hadrian’s Wall, its hinterland, the Antonine Wall, Roman Scotland and then seven to the continent. Each required careful preparation, and this especially applied to the continental tours. Sites, distances, toilets, hotels and meals were all important and…

Fort and castle

Some Roman musings on a bike ride

By Linda Davis Cycling south from Penrith, the obvious route is via Brougham Castle, crossing the River Eamont by the bridge just east of the castle. The castle lies to the north of the Roman Fort of Brocavum.  The castle at Brougham, and before it the fort, protect the crossing of the Eamont.        Roads…

Afqa, Lebanon

Photos by Peter Steele (RAS delegate) The waterfall at Afqa is the source for the River Adonis and is located on a 600-foot (180 m) bluff that forms an immense natural amphitheatre.[6] The river emerges from a large limestone cave in the cliff wall which stores and channels water from the melted snow of the mountains before…

Jerash, Jordan

Photos by Peter Steele (RAS delegate) Jerash is a city in Jordan, north of the capital Amman. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, it’s known for the ruins of the walled Greco-Roman settlement of Gerasa just outside the modern city. These include the 2nd-century Hadrian’s Arch, the Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis and the…

Roman and Native in the Central Scottish Borders

by Wilson, A. 2010. Oxford: Archaeopress 164 pages To those who have had a baptism in the fiery waters of the Romanisation debate, the title of this British Archaeological Record volume might solicit intrinsic feelings of panic and may well result in choice profanities being flung towards whichever scholar’s modelled approach that you disagree with…

CALIGULA AND THE SEA-SHELLS

by Michael King Macdona In the 2006 edition of the Hadrianic Society Bulletin, Fleur Kemmers drew attention to numismatic and other evidence suggesting that a chain of auxiliary forts along the Lower Rhine, previously thought to have been established in AD 47, had been constructed in the latter stages of the reign of the emperor…

The Beginnings of the Roman Army School

By Professor David Breeze The seed that grew into the Roman Army School was sown nearly 60 years ago. In 1962, I went up to Durham to read history and by chance my first tutor was Eric Birley then Professor Archaeology. He mentioned that the university was running an archaeological field school the following summer….

Seven Years War

Lieutenant John Clarke

by Michael King Macdona As readers may know, before the editions of Stelten and Milner in the 1990s, the last English translation of Vegetius was The Military Institutions of Vegetius by Lt. John Clarke, published in 1767.  Little is generally known of Lt. Clarke but I carried out some research a few years ago and…

RAS 2019 Conference Review

The Roman Army School 2019 Note from the Chair: The 2019 gathering marked the inaugural meeting of the new Roman Army School following the dissolution of the long running Hadrianic Society last year. As such I would like to open this review and round-up of the Roman Army School 2019 with a thank you to…