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Below are the 4 most recent journal entries recorded in Domus Praetoria SCA's LiveJournal:

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
9:43 am
Hope I'm not intruding ...
I just joined your community in a kind of Pavlov-reaction when I saw the last post here regarding Roman recipes.
Because that's my main interest: historical recipes.

So ... if you think I'm totally out of place here (being Dutch and not a re-enactor), let me know, and I'll leave.
On the other hand, if anyone of you ever needs advice on historical recipes, I might be of help.
Wednesday, November 30th, 2005
3:52 pm
Roman Recipes?
Apologies if this doesn't really fit with your posting policy but could anyone help out a poor struggling club leader with some helpful advice about holding a Roman banquet? We cater for children between the ages of 9 and 11 with an interest in archaeolgy and thought that it would be nice to host a banquet for them as a Christmas treat. I need information on such things as

- seating arrangements
- dress (particularly simple togas)
- entertainment (u-certificate!)
- etiquette

and especially

- Food!

Can anyone recommend any simple and easy to prepare dishes which children might enjoy making or eating? Cold dishes would be ideal.

The aim of the group is to provide educational activities which bolster an understanding of the past so we'd like to be as accurate as possible. Please post replies here. Thank you!
Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
11:51 am
This was in answer to an expansion question on the e mail list::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

true, a contiburnia would be more of a squad.
another thing about a Vexalation though is that it was usually a detachment of the main army sent elsewhere. So like if the main Praetorian unit was stationed in...oh..Nordskogen lets say and a detachment was sent west to scout, or guard or do whatever, then it would be a vexalation. They carried there own Vexaltio banner that sigified they were part of the greater Eagle but they were seperated pro temporum.
A Cohort would indeed be a large entity but sometimes groups have been known to take names like that in the SCA because face it, were not even going to be a true century strength but we like to reenact as much of this as we can, That's how we can justify having a Centurian or even an Optio when we only field about 20 fighters. We reenact and basically pretend we are in the days of Empire so why not fudge a little on the numbers as long as we still understand and recreate things as best we can.
So why merge? First off we are Romans. Its completely period to have different squads, cohorts, legios etc spread out and then coming together. By being one big group we also develop a bigger and better (and more glorious) identity. We share resources more, we camp together when we can and have a bigger, grander camp, we have more unity. We plan and participate together in our raids and surprise attacks on the barbarians (other groups..). I base a lot of this on what happened with my old household. While Japanese it was VERY much like what we are doing now in that it is personae specific and when we grew into having Shiro (chapters) all over the U.S. I remember traveling to other Kingdoms and because of the household's reputation I was even able to sit at High Table once and had key positions in wars.
Monday, October 31st, 2005
9:02 pm
The Dice have been cast.
Our main mode of communication is the e mail list but we will see if this journal generates any interest.

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