Roman Britain Character : Alexander

Who is Alexander?

Alexander is a Roman Soldier as part of the Legionary Infantry currently posted to Vindolanda, near Hadrian’s Wall, in Northern Britannia. It is the year 125AD.

Alexander reluctantly joined the Roman army at 18 years old and swore an oath to serve a 25 year contract! He would not recommend it to others.

Alexander’s Visit

Training in Rome was hard physical work, and phyrric dancing helped to get Alexander ready to march and fight! Don’t be surprised if he asks the audience to join in and get a flavour for his training regime. He has had to buy his own uniform, weapons, bedding, rations, share in a tent, and must contribute to a burial fund to pay for his own funeral.

It may look like Roman soldiers in Britain are all powerful, but after the children hear the story of Boudicca and her rebellion, they will understand Roman soldiers were not invincible!

If he makes it through his entire 25 year contract, he has decided he will settle in Britain because his family back in Rome will have forgotten him by then.

There is no set script for the presentation, it depends on what artefacts or subjects interest the audience. However, the material can be steered in the direction(s) desired by class teacher. Alexander can talk about aspects of life in Roman Britain to do with war, medicine, health, food, leisure time, clothing, beliefs, family roles, houses, occupations, and entertainments.

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